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 In the early months of the pandemic, the city, nestled in the heart of the Brazilian rain forest, seemed safe. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons," 28 Dec. 2020 Ami Young-Hill grew up in San Diego and has spent many years in the Belizean rain forest. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Pop-Up’ gallery highlights local visual art talent in southeastern San Diego," 26 Dec. 2020 To learn more about the frog, the rain forest, and everything Puerto Rico has to offer visitors in the future, and to adopt your own little coqui, visit the Discover Puerto Rico website now. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Puerto Rico Wants You to 'Adopt' an Adorable Little Frog This Holiday Season," 21 Dec. 2020 During the peak of the outbreak, when the morgues of Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, were overflowing—and while indigenous communities attempted to quarantine—the oil, mining, and forestry industries continued to work in the rain forest. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, "Fighting COVID-19 in the Amazon, with Herbs and the Internet," 11 Dec. 2020 At the beginning of 2021 Abra will begin testing the effectiveness of artificial bridges for helping various species cross hundreds of miles of highway running through Brazil’s Amazon rain forest from Manaus to Boa Vista. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Rain Forest Canopy Bridges Aid Slow Lorises, Gibbons and Other Threatened Species," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent reports from Amazon Watch show it’s a top investor in companies linked to deforestation, fossil-fuel production, and indigenous-rights abuses in the Amazon rain forest. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "On Climate Change, We’re Entirely Out of Margin," 28 Oct. 2020 Since taking power, the Bolsonaro regime has worked to erase a generation of socio-environmental protections by slashing budgets, gutting institutions, and openly targeting communities that defend the rain forest. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "On Climate Change, We’re Entirely Out of Margin," 28 Oct. 2020 Take, for instance, the images above of the Amazon rain forest—or what’s left of it—in western Brazil, taken in 1989 and 2019. Matt Simon, Wired, "See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rain forest

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Feb 2021

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“Rain forest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20forest. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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