Vocabulary

Grass Lands

Vocabulary

Terms & Definitions


  • annuals
    plants with a one year life cycle
  • browser
    an animal that prefers to eat tender shoots, twigs, shrubs, and tree leaves
  • carbohydrates
    starches, sugars, and cellulose produced by plants during photosynthesis that release energy during digestion
  • cellulose
    the chief component of plant tissues and fibers
  • composting
    the decay or break down of organic matter
  • fodder
    coarse, dry food, such as hay, fed to livestock
  • grazer
    an animal adapted to eating grasses
  • perennials
    plants with a multi-year cycle that survive dry and cold weather by going dormant
  • ratites
    flightless, running birds, such as emus and ostriches, that have a flat breastbone without a keel
  • ruminants
    a group (suborder) of plant-eating hoofed mammals that have a multi-chambered stomach as part of their complex digestive tract which houses billions of micro-organisms to help digest cellulose