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rain forest

a tropical forest, usually of tall, densely growing, broad-leaved evergreen trees in an area of high annual rainfall.
Also called tropical rain forest.
Origin of rain forest
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For centuries, the rain forest was inhabited only by indigenous tribes.
  • After a time a troop of vervet monkeys came out of the surrounding rain forest to cavort by the hotel's entrance.
  • There is a rain forest of ideas around electricity and related technologies.
  • And on this day the rain forest, usually closed to visitors, is also open.
  • And then the earthquake struck, and this swampy rain forest was gone.
  • Many foreigners enter rain forest environments in search of raw materials to extract for their own financial benefit.
  • From deep in the rain forest comes a low, booming sound.
  • And no one knows how much, if anything, these rain forest people know about the outside world.
  • One obvious feature of the tropical rain forest is a constantly hot, humid climate.
  • In the stable dampness of a rain forest, there isn't much use for a tuber.
Word Origin and History for rain forest

1899, apparently a loan-translation of German Regenwald, coined by A.F.W. Schimper for his 1898 work "Pflanzengeographie."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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