wilderness

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Etymology[edit]

Either from unattested Old English *wilddēornes (cognate with Dutch wildernis, German Wildnis), or from Old English wilddēoren (wild, savage) + -nes (-ness).

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Noun[edit]

wilderness (uncountable)

  1. An unsettled and uncultivated tract of land left in its natural state.

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