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

Examples of rain forest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spanning millions of square miles, the Amazon rain forest is home to more than 350 Indigenous ethnic groups, each with a culture as rich and complex as the forest’s own tangled roots. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 19 Apr. 2022 The Rock's famous lobster roll, pillowy and buttery, was more than worth our trip up the mountain for lunch, as was the roti with a glass of Château Gloria St. Julien Bordeaux, served — even in a rain forest — at 54 degrees. Paul Winner, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2022 The 40-suite tree house resort sits beside the world's oldest rain forest. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 There's a spot about four miles into the Los Lagos Trail, in Chile's Huerquehue National Park, where venerable araucaria trees preside over a primordial rain forest. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2021 Other experimental results from Biosphere 2’s rain forest have been heartening. Keridwen Cornelius, Scientific American, 4 Oct. 2021 De Gregorio spends months deep in the mountain rain forest in Madagascar, tracking lemurs and recording them singing. Sara Harrison, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 In Brazil, the company has been accused of using cattle that illegally graze in and destroy the Amazon rain forest, and analysis shows that the company’s carbon footprint is nearly as big as the next three closest competitors combined. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 The government would pay for ranchers to move to the area, cut down the rain forest, and start raising cattle. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rain forest

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2022

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“Rain forest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20forest. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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