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Typical downland in Wiltshire, UK
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downland (plural downlands)

  1. (Britain) An area of rolling downs, often grassy pasture over chalk or limestone.
    • 1789, Ann Ward Radcliffe, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne, London: T. Hookham, Chapter 4, p. 93,[1]
      Hail! every distant hill, and downland plain!
      Your dew-hid beauties Fancy oft unveils;
    • 1850, Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, Chapter ,[2]
      [] I walked on to Canterbury early in the morning. It was now winter again; and the fresh, cold windy day, and the sweeping downland, brightened up my hopes a little.
    • 1898, Thomas Hardy, “My Cicely” in Wessex Poems and Other Verses, New York: Harper, p. 126,[3]
      I traversed the downland
      Whereon the bleak hill-graves of Chieftains
      Bulge barren of tree;
    • 1958, Muriel Spark, Robinson, New York: New Directions, 2003, Chapter 6, p. 66,[4]
      I was surprised to see that the plane had been wrecked, not on one of the hefty cliff faces of our mountain, but on a gentle green hillside, merging into downland.
    • 2010, Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question, New York: Bloomsbury, Chapter 12, p. 278,[5]
      He drank another whisky then left the pub and climbed slowly up the downlands, bent as the trees and shrubs were bent.