rain forest

noun
a tropical forest, usually of tall, densely growing, broad-leaved evergreen trees in an area of high annual rainfall.
Also, rainforest.


Origin:
1900–05

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rain forest
1903, apparently a loan-translation of Ger. Regenwald, coined by A.F.W. Schimper for his 1898 work "Pflanzengeographie," and used first in the Eng. translation of it.
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Example sentences
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.
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