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1forest

noun, for·est often attributive \ˈfr-əst, ˈfär-\

: a thick growth of trees and bushes that covers a large area

Full Definition of FOREST

1
:  a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract
2
:  a tract of wooded land in England formerly owned by the sovereign and used for game
3
:  something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness <a forest of microphones> <a kelp forest>
for·est·al \-əs-təl\ or fo·res·tial \fə-ˈres-tē-əl, f-, -ˈres(h)-chəl\ adjective
for·est·ed \ˈfr-ə-stəd, ˈfär-\ adjective
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Examples of FOREST

  1. Fires destroyed acres of forest.
  2. <the endless forest that the first European settlers encountered>

Origin of FOREST

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin forestis (silva) unenclosed (woodland), from Latin foris outside — more at forum
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

2forest

verb

Definition of FOREST

transitive verb
:  to cover with trees or forest <land densely forested with firs>
for·es·ta·tion \ˌfr-ə-ˈstā-shən, ˌfär-\ noun

First Known Use of FOREST

circa 1828

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra
FORESTAL Defined for Kids

forest

noun for·est \ˈfr-əst\

Definition of FOREST for Kids

:  a growth of trees and underbrush covering a large area
for·est·ed \-əs-təd\ adjective

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