forest floor


Definition of forest floor

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

Examples of forest floor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soon the white people came, first only to the coast at Jamestown but then crashing west across the forest floor. Longreads, "In Pocahontas County, Deep Divisions and a Gruesome Discovery," 22 Jan. 2020 In a damp forest, the vegetation doesn’t dry out as quickly and the microorganisms that live in the damp soil help the woody debris on the forest floor break down a little faster. Becki Robins, Scientific American, "To Save the Redwoods, Scientists Debate Burning and Logging," 20 Dec. 2019 The covering in question is not that which the trees’ fallen leaves and seed pods provide to forest floors, but the discreet cap which conceals their flower buds. The Economist, "Eucalyptus Road The long and tangled history of California’s eucalyptus trees," 18 Dec. 2019 Decaying trees littering the forest floor become tinder for forest fires — which are disastrous for the environment — and crowd out younger saplings, which when given room to grow actually suck in greater quantities of CO2. Charlie Campbell / Shanghai, Time, "How the Trade War is Hurting the U.S. Lumber Industry and Forests Around the World," 27 Nov. 2019 Burning removes surface fuels and forest floor shrubbery, and the thinning of trees removes ladder and canopy fuels. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Some saw deadly Camp Fire as the 'new normal.' Experts say we already know how to prevent a repeat," 22 July 2019 The tanoak then begins to decay and break apart, creating a pile of highly-flammable material on the forest floor, under a dry but still-standing trunk. Becki Robins, Scientific American, "To Save the Redwoods, Scientists Debate Burning and Logging," 20 Dec. 2019 For instance, important nutrients from the carcasses, feces, and food scraps deposited by mammals leech into the forest floor. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "4 Reasons Why We Need the Amazon Rainforest," 4 Sep. 2019 Cone picking is a science, much different than a leisurely stroll through the woods to collect cones from the forest floor. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Denver Post, "Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of forest floor

1849, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2020

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“Forest floor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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