wilderness

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From Middle English wildernesse, wyldernys, of uncertain formation. Perhaps from Middle English wildern(wilderness) +‎ -ness; or from unattested Old English *wilddēornes; or from Old English wilddēoren(wild, savage) + -nes(-ness).

Compare Middle Dutch wildernisse ("wilderness"; > modern Dutch wildernis), German Wildnis(wilderness). Compare also Old English wilder, wildor(wild beast).

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wilderness ‎(uncountable)

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

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