scabland

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Etymology[edit]

scab +‎ land

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Noun[edit]

scabland (plural scablands)

  1. (US, geography) High, flat land of igneous rock, with thin soil and deep channels formed by glaciers or glacial floods.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 780:
      he was determined at least never to have to go back, never to end up again down some gopher-ridden trail through the scabland, howling at the unexplained and unresponsive moon.