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jungle

[juhng-guh l] /ˈdʒʌŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a wild land overgrown with dense vegetation, often nearly impenetrable, especially tropical vegetation or a tropical rain forest.
2.
a tract of such land.
3.
a wilderness of dense overgrowth; a piece of swampy, thickset forestland.
4.
any confused mass or agglomeration of objects; jumble:
a jungle of wrecked automobiles.
5.
something that baffles or perplexes; maze:
a jungle of legal double-talk.
6.
a scene of violence and struggle for survival:
The neglected prison was a jungle for its inmates.
7.
a place or situation of ruthless competition:
the advertising jungle.
8.
Slang. a hobo camp.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Hindi jaṅgal < Pali, Prakrit jaṅgala rough, waterless place
Related forms
jungled, adjective
underjungle, noun

Jungle, The

noun
1.
a novel (1906) by Upton Sinclair.
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British Dictionary definitions for jungle

jungle

/ˈdʒʌŋɡəl/
noun
1.
an equatorial forest area with luxuriant vegetation, often almost impenetrable
2.
any dense or tangled thicket or growth
3.
a place of intense competition or ruthless struggle for survival: the concrete jungle
4.
a type of fast electronic dance music, originating in the early 1990s, which combines elements of techno and ragga
5.
(US, slang) (esp in the Depression) a gathering place for the unemployed, etc
Derived Forms
jungly, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi jangal, from Sanskrit jāngala wilderness
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Word Origin and History for jungle
n.

1776, from Hindi jangal "desert, forest, wasteland, uncultivated ground," from Sanskrit jangala-s "arid, sparsely grown with trees," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "land overgrown by vegetation in a wild, tangled mass" is first recorded 1849; meaning "place notoriously lawless and violent" is first recorded 1906, from Upton Sinclair's novel (cf. asphalt jungle, 1949, William R. Burnett's novel title, made into a film 1950 by John Huston; blackboard jungle, 1954, Evan Hunter's novel title, movie in 1955). Jungle gym was a trademark name, 1923, by Junglegym Inc., Chicago, U.S. Jungle bunny, derogatory for "black person," attested from 1966.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jungle

jungle

noun
  1. A camp or regular stopping place near the railroad on the outskirts of a town: always leaves the jungle like he found it (1914+ Hoboes)
  2. Any place of notable violence, lawlessness, etc: The neighborhood's becoming a jungle (1906+)

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Idioms and Phrases with jungle

jungle

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