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forest

noun, often attributive for·est \ ˈfȯr-əst , ˈfär- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of forest

1 : a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract
  • A fire destroyed acres of forest.
  • forests of pine and mahogany
2 : a tract of wooded land in England formerly owned by the sovereign and used for game
3 : something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness
  • a forest of microphones
  • a kelp forest
  • a forest of skyscrapers

forestal

play \ˈfȯr-ə-stᵊl, ˈfär-\ or forestial play \fə-ˈre-stē-əl, fȯ-, -ˈres-chəl, -ˈresh-\ adjective

forested

play \ˈfȯr-ə-stəd, ˈfär-\ adjective

Examples of forest in a Sentence

  1. Fires destroyed acres of forest.

  2. the endless forest that the first European settlers encountered

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Origin and Etymology of forest

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin forestis (silva) unenclosed (woodland), from Latin foris outside — more at forum


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forest

verb

Definition of forest

transitive verb
: to cover with trees or forest
  • land densely forested with firs

forestation

play \ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən, ˌfär-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of forest



FOREST Defined for English Language Learners

forest

noun

Definition of forest for English Language Learners

  • : a thick growth of trees and bushes that covers a large area


FOREST Defined for Kids

forest

noun for·est \ ˈfȯr-əst \

Definition of forest for Students

: a growth of trees and underbrush covering a large area

forested

\-əs-təd\ adjective


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