forest floor

noun

Definition of forest floor

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

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And in Brazil, atop a mountain outside of Rio de Janeiro, 15 tortoises were nestling into the forest floor, oblivious to the danger of the forest's leading predator. Anchorage Daily News, "The dog is one of the world’s most destructive mammals. Brazil proves it.," 21 Aug. 2019 Kennemer showed me how to use a knife to separate my little guy’s bottom from the forest floor, an easy slit across the base. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Extremely rare, coveted mushrooms that only appear after a wildfire are popping up in southern Colorado," 18 July 2019 In summer, the moist drainage area fosters Rocky Mountain irises and dozens of other high-elevation wildflowers that add color to the forest floor. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 Two shaman prayed cross-legged on the forest floor Monday as the search continued, according to Reuters. Washington Post, "A ‘vulnerable’ teen disappeared from a Malaysian resort. Police say they’ve found her body.," 14 Aug. 2019 Dead trees open gaps in the canopy, allowing more light and wind to reach the forest floor, which becomes hotter, drier and more prone to burn again. The Economist, "The Amazon is approaching an irreversible tipping point," 1 Aug. 2019 There’s a small lump, rising no more than a foot or two from the forest floor. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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