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 There was no path, and the forest floor was overgrown with bracken and bush. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 Their mission is to eat the vegetation that creates a ladder effect allowing a fire to jump the forest floor to tree canopies. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 Mar. 2022 In the years since the hurricane, with the forest canopy gone and more sunlight reaching the forest floor, additional vegetation has also grown in, contributing additional fuels. David Godwin, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 This mercury can then enter the forest floor when the leaves drop. Jacqueline Gerson, Scientific American, 28 Jan. 2022 This area burned in the 2014 Whites Fire, and the forest floor is now filled with manzanita and fireweed amid the tree skeletons. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 The nose opens with a lovely split between floral perfume and forest floor notes, its dark berry and cherry aromas spiced with sweet clove and hints of saffron and pungent herbs. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2022 Black cherries with hints of upheaved earth and tree bark that had an electric body with notes of rhubarb finishing with lingering forest floor. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 On the day war broke out in Ukraine, Albagir, a 22-year-old refugee from Sudan, was lying on the frozen forest floor at the gateway to Poland, trying to stay alive. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forest floor

1849, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Forest floor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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