rainforest


rainforest

noun

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

noun

  1. dense forest found in tropical areas of heavy rainfall. The trees are broad-leaved and evergreen, and the vegetation tends to grow in three layers (undergrowth, intermediate trees and shrubs, and very tall trees, which form a canopy)Also called: selva
n.

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

  1. A dense evergreen forest with an annual rainfall of at least 406 cm (160 inches).

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