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wilderness

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈwɪl.də.nəs/ us    /-dɚ-/
C2 an area of land that has not been used to grow crops or had towns and roads built on it, especially because it is difficult to live in as a result of its extremely cold or hot weather or bad earth: a beautiful mountain wilderness Alaska is the last great wilderness. mainly US It's a wilderness area, under the protection of the Parks Department. an outside area in which plants are left to grow naturally or untidily: The garden was a wilderness of weeds and overgrown bushes.
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