from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flat grassland of tropical or subtropical regions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tropical grassland with scattered trees

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tract of level land covered with the vegetable growth usually found in a damp soil and warm climate, -- as grass or reeds, -- but destitute of trees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plain or extensive flat area covered with a sheet of snow or ice: so first used, with the accent on the first syllable, by Spanish writers.
  • n. A treeless plain: so first used in reference to American topography by Oviedo (1535), with the accent on the second syllable.
  • n. In phytogeography See grass-land.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions


Obsolete Spanish çavana, from Taino zabana.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish sabana, from Taino. (Wiktionary)



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