One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Soil of a reddish colour, typically due to the presence of iron oxides; (in singular or plural) a region characterized by such soil.
2Slang. As Redland. (A name for) the Soviet Union. Also: (a name for) the countries of the Warsaw Pact considered collectively. Now historical.
Land that has been cleared of vegetation, crops, etc.; ploughed land suitable for new planting; arable land.
Middle English. From red + land<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in Parliamentary Papers. Apparently partly from red, past participle of rede + land, and partly from rid, past participle of rid + land.
red land/ˌrɛd ˈland/
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