rain forest


Definition of rain forest

1 : a tropical woodland with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches (254 centimeters) and marked by lofty broad-leaved evergreen trees forming a continuous canopy

called also tropical rain forest

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Author David Moskowitz traveled to the land of the mountain caribou, to document its struggle for survival in the inland rain forests of Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "David Moskowitz captures the beauty — and fragility — of the Northwest’s mountain caribou," 11 Feb. 2019 Or, visit Australia’s Daintree Rainforest, which is considered the world’s oldest living rain forest. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 Two nights are spent on Stewart, whose rain forests and coastal areas harbor a wealth of birds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and several species of penguins. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "See more of New Zealand, hit India's highlights without busting the budget and more," 1 May 2018 Iceland had intended to run version of an animated video from environmental group Greenpeace, created by ad agency Mother London, telling the story of an orangutan whose rain forest habitat had been destroyed by palm-oil growers. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "The John Lewis Christmas Ad Is Here. But Is the Bauble Bursting?," 15 Nov. 2018 The satellite data also provided a clearer picture of Brazil’s vast Amazon rain forests, long vulnerable to widespread deforestation. New York Times, "Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017," 27 June 2018 Pulgar-Vidal said Puerto Maldonado and the surrounding southeastern Amazon rain forest, home to some of the most biologically diverse spots in the world, offer tragic examples that could be used to drive home the pope’s vision. Lucien Chauvin, Washington Post, "Pope brings environmental crusade to Peru’s Amazon, citing ‘defense of the earth’," 19 Jan. 2018 Those losses undermined Brazil’s recent efforts to protect its rain forests. New York Times, "Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017," 27 June 2018 Ranchers like him eventually cleared an area as large as California from the world’s largest rain forest. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "One Small Rancher’s Big Role in Saving Brazil’s Amazon," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of rain forest

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rain forest

: a tropical forest that receives a lot of rain and that has very tall trees

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Kids Definition of rain forest

: a woodland with a high annual rainfall and very tall trees and that is often found in tropical regions

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