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upland (n.)

"interior district of a country," Old English upland "the country" (as opposed to the town), from up- + land (n.). As an adjective from 14c. Related: Uplandish (Old English uplendisc "rural rustic"); uplander. Jock Upaland was a 16c.-17c. term for a rustic.

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Definitions of upland
1
upland (n.)
elevated (e.g., mountainous) land;
Synonyms: highland
2
upland (adj.)
used of high or hilly country;
Synonyms: highland
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