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  1. na·tion·al park
    IPA[ˌnæʃənl ˈpɑrk]
  2. noun

    • 1. a scenic or historically important area of countryside protected by the federal government for the enjoyment of the general public or the preservation of wildlife:

      commercial exploitation of natural resources in a national park is illegal
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: national park, plural noun: national parks

    • noun

      an area of countryside, or occasionally sea or fresh water, protected by the state for the enjoyment of the general public or the preservation of wildlife:
    • a national park in the Sierra Nevada of California, east of Fresno. It was established in 1890 to protect groves of giant sequoia trees, of which the largest, the General Sherman Tree, is thought to be between 3,000 and 4,000 years old.
    • a national park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Virginia, southeast of the Shenandoah River. It was established in 1935.
    • a preserve in northern Minnesota, along the Canadian border, whose name recalls the French fur traders of the 18th century.
    • a national preserve in southwestern Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula, noted for its volcanic activity and wildlife.
    • a national park in northwestern Wyoming and Montana, known for Old Faithful geyser.
    • a national park in the Sierra Nevada in central California. It includes Yosemite Valley, with its sheer granite cliffs and Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the US.
    • a national park in north-western Wyoming and Montana. It contains Old Faithful, a geyser which erupts every 45 to 80 minutes to a height of about one hundred feet.
    • an extensive national park in south-eastern Kenya, established in 1948.
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