temperate rainforest


variants or less commonly temperate rain forest
plural temperate rainforests also temperate rain forests
: woodland of a usually rather mild climatic area within the temperate zone that receives heavy rainfall, usually includes numerous kinds of trees, and is distinguished from a tropical rainforest especially by the presence of a dominant tree

Examples of temperate rainforest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Juneau's landscape also offers endless variety, a temperate rainforest surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 25 Mar. 2024 The ancient temperate rainforest of Yakushima, Japan, prized for its cedar trees that are well over 1,000 years old and its extraordinary biodiversity, has been spared. Alexis Marie Adams, Scientific American, 19 Mar. 2024 Reserve a spot at Hoh Campground to spend a night in the temperate rainforest. Kayla Brock, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 May 2023 Although the route doesn’t have all the elements of most via ferratas—no ladders to climb or rungs to monkey around on—the narrow 600-foot crossing, with its bird’s eye view of more than half a dozen hanging glaciers and the lush Chugach temperate rainforest, still requires climbing safety gear. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Feb. 2024 More than 1,600 species of plants have been identified on this land that spans temperate rainforest to a dry ponderosa pine ecosystem. Cnn.com, The Mercury News, 26 Feb. 2024 Nestled within the unique ecosystem of the world's sole inland temperate rainforest, Revelstoke also boasts exceptionally enchanting tree runs. Jonny Bierman, Travel + Leisure, 2 Jan. 2024 That the damp Olympic Peninsula—a region blanketed by temperate rainforest—was ablaze seemed telling. Ben Goldfarb, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2023 Right before 34 million years ago, Antarctica’s landscape and flora likely resembled today’s cold temperate rainforests of Tasmania, New Zealand and South America’s Patagonia region, Ross added. Reuters, NBC News, 24 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of temperate rainforest was in 1903

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“Temperate rainforest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperate%20rainforest. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

temperate rain forest

: woodland that has a temperate climate with heavy rainfall and that usually includes numerous kinds of trees but differs from a tropical rain forest in having one or two very common major trees
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