forest floor

noun

Definition of forest floor

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

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The standing charred trees, called snags, tower over a forest floor carpeted with lupine, fireweed, wild strawberries, pinegrass, sedges and other plants. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 In areas where tribes hunted deer and elk, fire created a mat of forage plants on the forest floor, a favorite food for the ungulates. Kate Wiliams, The Seattle Times, "Controlled burns in OR: Can more fires create less smoke?," 15 Oct. 2018 The tunnels serve as defensive fortifications against predators who, like the termites, collect their food from the forest floor. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 During the rainy season, the Amazon and its tributaries swell, solid ground vanishing in the lowlands as the river floods and nourishes the forest floor. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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