- a large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush; woodland.
- the trees on such a tract: to cut down a forest.
- a tract of wooded grounds in England formerly belonging to the sovereign and set apart for game.
- a thick cluster of vertical objects: a forest of church spires.
- to supply or cover with trees; convert into a forest.
Origin of forest
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Examples from the Web for forestal
In forestal planting it is suggested that the planting be 44 feet.Trees of Indiana
Charles Clemon Deam
Making sure that the girl would talk of it to Girard, she wished to forestal her.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages
Yet Nicaragua is rich in natural products, agricultural, forestal and mineral.Spanish America, Its Romance, Reality and Future, Vol. 1
Charles Reginald Enock
In mediæval country life, then, commons might be either manorial or forestal.The Customs of Old England
F. J. Snell
This would have been difficult, because, in the first place (which may forestal all further considerations), he had no forces.The Life Of Sir John Falstaff
Robert B. Brough
- a large wooded area having a thick growth of trees and plants
- the trees of such an area
- NZ an area planted with exotic pines or similar treesCompare bush 1 (def. 4)
- something resembling a large wooded area, esp in densitya forest of telegraph poles
- law (formerly) an area of woodland, esp one owned by the sovereign and set apart as a hunting ground with its own laws and officersCompare park (def. 5)
- (modifier) of, involving, or living in a forest or forestsa forest glade
- (tr) to create a forest (in); plant with trees
Word Origin and History for forestal
late 13c., "extensive tree-covered district," especially one set aside for royal hunting and under the protection of the king, from Old French forest "forest, wood, woodland" (Modern French forêt), probably ultimately from Late Latin/Medieval Latin forestem silvam "the outside woods," a term from the Capitularies of Charlemagne denoting "the royal forest;" perhaps via Old High German forst, from Latin foris "outside" (see foreign), with a sense of "beyond the park," the park being the main or central fenced woodland.
Another theory traces it through Medieval Latin forestis, originally "forest preserve, game preserve," from Latin forum in legal sense "court, judgment;" in other words "land subject to a ban" [Buck]. Replaced Old English wudu.
1818 (forested is attested from 1610s), from forest (n.).
- A growth of trees covering a large area. Forests exist in all regions of the Earth except for regions of extreme cold or dryness.