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Definition of "forest" []

  • A dense growth of trees, plants, and underbrush covering a large area. (noun)
  • Something that resembles a large, dense growth of trees, as in density, quantity, or profusion: a forest of skyscrapers. (noun)
  • A defined area of land formerly set aside in England as a royal hunting ground. (noun)
  • To plant trees on. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "forest" in a sentence
  • "This region of dense tropical rain forest is situated on the lowland plateau in the central northern portion of the Amazon Basin in Brazil with tiny sections just touching Colombia and Venezuela."
  • "Along the clearwater Tapajós and Aripuanã Rivers, white-sand igapó forest is predominant, hosting large trees such as Triplaris surinamensis, Piranhea trifoliata, Copaifera martii, and Alchornea castaneaefolia in forest that is slightly more open than that in non-flooded areas."
  • "Written by Betty J. Meggers, the Smithsonian archaeologist, Amazonia says that the apparent lushness of the rain forest is a sham."