forest floor


Definition of forest floor 

: the richly organic layer of soil and debris characteristic of forested land

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The Duchess joined children from St. Stephen’s School in picking up leaves from the forest floor and using them to create crafty headgear. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kids Couldn't Stop Hugging Kate Middleton at Her First Working Event After Maternity Leave," 2 Oct. 2018 The height of forest canopies can be calculated as some photons bounce off trees and others sneak back up from the forest floor. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "ICESat-2 successfully starts lasering Earth, telling us about it," 5 Oct. 2018 Licorice ferns grow on its branches, birds nest in cavities and creatures crawl in the litter of its leaves on the forest floor, said Ken Bevis, a stewardship wildlife biologist with the DNR. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 Some species of fireflies lay their eggs in rotten logs and other brush on the forest floor, and the larvae feast on the slugs, snails, and worms that this type of damp habitat attracts. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 On the forest floor 99 million years ago, a baby snake got trapped in a blob of sap that fell from a tree. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Oldest Ever Baby Snake Discovered in Forest Amber," 19 July 2018 Soils can hold up to twice as much carbon as the trees above, depending on the type of forest and amount of leaf litter and debris on the forest floor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The EPA Declared That Burning Wood Is Carbon Neutral. It’s Actually a Lot More Complicated," 25 Apr. 2018 When hundreds of birds flew down from the tree canopy to the mineral-rich forest floor, Gertsman was ready. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society’s Photo Contest," 6 July 2018 Lush, fruit flavors of cherry and cassis are complemented by earthy flavors of mushroom and forest floor. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Handmaid's Tale Wines Cancelled," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of forest floor

1849, in the meaning defined above

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