cloud forest


: a wet tropical mountain forest at an altitude usually between 3000 and 8000 feet (1000 and 2500 meters) that is characterized by a profusion of epiphytes and the presence of clouds even in the dry season

Examples of cloud forest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The architects hoped the dwelling, rather than disappearing into the surrounding cloud forest, would encourage the landscape’s growth, becoming not so much a mountain house as part of the mountain itself. Michael Snyder Ana Topoleanu, New York Times, 10 May 2024 In Venezuela, roughly 400 firefighters fought a major blaze over the Easter holiday weekend that is threatening the lush Henri Pittier National Park, a beachfront preserve with rare cloud forests, according to the national park service. CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Specimens of both species were collected from the island’s cloud forests and subjected to DNA analysis, researchers said. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Professor Harvey and Professor Brady discovered the helmetshrike whilst exploring tropical cloud forests on a mountainside. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Corcovado National Park located at Costa Rica’s remote southeast corner, is one of Central America’s most unique ecosystems, with shallow lagoons, marshes and mangrove swamps, as well as rivers, wet forest and low-altitude cloud forest. Roger Sands, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 It’s led by memorable singer-songwriter Carmen Caruso, who reportedly came up with the idea of putting together a psychedelic music project after returning home to the Bay Area after a stay in the Costa Rican cloud forests. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 Amid its moody, misty cloud forest environs, the hotel hosts quarterly artist residencies that include workshops, craft beer tastings from the onsite microbrewery Cerveceria Belmar, and garden-to-glass cocktail experiences. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2023 From otherworldly hikes in cloud forests to riding the waves in Tamarindo to sky-high ziplining, this Central American country is perfect for an adventurous girls’ trip. Juliet Izon, Glamour, 5 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cloud forest was in 1922

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“Cloud forest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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cloud forest

: a wet mountain forest of very warm areas that usually has many clouds

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