jungle

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noun, often attributive jun·gle \ ˈjəŋ-gəl \

Definition of jungle

1 a :an impenetrable thicket or tangled mass of tropical vegetation
b :a tract overgrown with thickets or masses of vegetation
2 a (1) :a confused or disordered mass of objects :jumble
(2) :something that baffles or frustrates by its tangled or complex character :maze
  • the jungle of housing laws
  • —Bernard Taper
b :a place of ruthless struggle for survival
  • the city is a jungle where no one is safe after dark
  • —Stuart Chase
3 :electronic dance music that combines elements of techno, reggae, and hip-hop and is marked especially by an extremely fast beat
4 :a hobo camp

junglelike

play \ˈjəŋ-gə(l)-ˌlīk\ adjective

jungly

play \ˈjəŋ-g(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of jungle in a Sentence

  1. life in the corporate jungle

  2. It's hard to succeed in the business world. It's a jungle out there.

  3. a jungle of environmental laws

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Origin and Etymology of jungle

Hindi jaṅgal & Urdu jangal forest, from Sanskrit jaṅgala desert region



JUNGLE Defined for Kids

jungle

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noun jun·gle \ ˈjəŋ-gəl \

Definition of jungle for Students

1 :a thick or tangled growth of tropical plants
  • The explorers hacked at the jungle to clear a path.
2 :a large area of land usually in a tropical region covered with a thick tangled growth of plants


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