rain forest
noun Date: 1903 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 2. temperate rain forest

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  • rain forest — rain ,forest noun count or uncount * a forest in a tropical region of the world where it rains a lot. Rain forests are considered to be important environmental areas and many people want them to be protected by law: the Amazon rain forest areas… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rain forest — rain .forest rain|for|est [ˈreınfɔrıst US fo: , fa: ] n [U and C] a tropical forest with tall trees that are very close together, growing in an area where it rains a lot ▪ the destruction of the rain forest …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rain forest — n. a dense, evergreen forest having abundant rainfall throughout the year: also written rainforest n …   English World dictionary

  • rain forest — (n.) 1899, apparently a loan translation of Ger. Regenwald, coined by A.F.W. Schimper for his 1898 work Pflanzengeographie …   Etymology dictionary

  • rain forest — noun a forest with heavy annual rainfall • Syn: ↑rainforest • Hypernyms: ↑forest, ↑wood, ↑woods • Hyponyms: ↑temperate rain forest, ↑tropical rain forest, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rain forest — noun (C) a tropical forest with tall trees that are very close together, growing in an area where it rains a lot: environmental groups campaigning against the destruction of the rain forest …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rain forest — rain′ for est or rain′for est n. ecl a tropical forest, usu. of tall, densely growing, broad leaved evergreen trees in an area of high annual rainfall • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • rain forest — Synonyms and related words: afforestation, arboretum, boondocks, bush, bushveld, chase, climax forest, cloud forest, dendrology, forest, forest land, forest preserve, forestry, fringing forest, gallery forest, greenwood, hanger, index forest,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • rain forest — a tropical forest, usually of tall, densely growing, broad leaved evergreen trees in an area of high annual rainfall. Also, rainforest. [1900 05] * * * …   Universalium

  • rain forest — thick jungle area located where there is a heavy amount of rainfall …   English contemporary dictionary

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