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What does forest mean?
A forest is a large area of land that’s covered in trees. The word forest can also refer collectively to those trees.
An area that’s covered in trees can be described with the adjective forested.
Less commonly, forest can be used as a verb meaning to cover an area with trees. This sense of the word is used in the terms deforestation (the clearing of a forested area) and reforesting (planting trees in a woodland that has been deforested or destroyed by a forest fire).
Sometimes, forest is used in a figurative way to refer to a collection of vertical objects clustered together, as in Many of these new cities look like forests of skyscrapers.
Example: We were deep in the forest, with no roads or buildings for miles.
Where does forest come from?
The first records of the word forest come from the 1200s. It comes from the first part of the Late Latin phrase forestis silva, meaning “an unenclosed wooded area” (as opposed to a park). Forestis comes from the Latin forīs, meaning “outside” (the same word is the root of the word foreign). Silva comes from the Latin word for “forest” and is the basis of the English word sylvan, which means “wooded” and can be found in the name of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the region known as Transylvania.
The word woods can be used as a synonym for forest, but the word forest usually implies a much bigger area, especially one considered part of the wilderness. Forests can be found throughout the world. There are several types of forests, including rainforests (found in the tropics), temperate forests (found in temperate zones, like in North America), and boreal forests (found in northern areas). In the U.S., the term national forest refers to a forested area preserved by the federal government.
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What are some other forms related to forest?
- forested (adjective)
- forestal (adjective)
- forestial (adjective)
- forestless (adjective)
- forestlike (adjective)
What are some synonyms for forest?
What are some words that share a root or word element with forest?
What are some words that often get used in discussing forest?
How is forest used in real life?
The word forest is usually used to refer to a wild and very extensive woodland.
The fires that raged through many rainforests just one year ago are a poignant reminder of how important these forests are. Creating protected areas is the most effective way to prevent deforestation activity that leads to fires. Help save rainforests now: https://t.co/m9tDbt29pg pic.twitter.com/nH44mx3TCT
— Rainforest Trust (@RainforestTrust) August 31, 2020
Canada's "logging loophole" is allowing the logging industry to escape scrutiny and regulation over its massive toll on the climate-critical boreal forest, jeopardizing global efforts to avoid climate catastrophe. @nrdc @envirodefence @NatureCanada https://t.co/oZbWDpZQU0
— Jennifer Skene (@jen_skene) July 16, 2020
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) September 9, 2020
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True or False?
The word forest usually refers to a small wooded area, like a grove of trees.
Example sentences from the Web for forest
During the country’s dry season in 2019, nearly 4 million acres of peatland and tropical forest were burned.What wildfires in Brazil, Siberia, and the US West have in common|Lili Pike|September 17, 2020|Vox
It can also mean using saws and machines to cut and thin the forests.Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead.|James Temple|September 17, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Then, over the past few decades, the forests of Sarawak faced threats unlike any before.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green|Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay|September 16, 2020|Nautilus
Severe wildfires across the American West may already be altering the future of forests there.Severe wildfires in the West may already be altering the future of forests|Alison Snyder|September 10, 2020|Axios
Once it’s in wild boar in the forests there, it can be very difficult to control.Europe is on high alert after a deadly swine virus emerges in Germany|Bernhard Warner|September 10, 2020|Fortune
He first rose to prominence as a lawyer in Queens, who settled a boiling racial dispute over public housing in Forest Hills.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“It fundamentally changes the architecture of forest canopies,” says Watson.
The birds poop all over the forest, and thanks to the viscin, the mistletoe seeds in said poop stick to branches.
Instead, most of the suffering species ate insects on the forest floor.
From the looks of it, mistletoe is a keystone species and plays a crucial role in that forest ecosystem.
However, they were not seen to venture far into the surrounding deciduous forest.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
He swims every day in the river; he fishes from his bamboo raft; he hunts in the forest with his father.
And the covering of Juda shall be discovered, and thou shalt see in that day the armoury of the house of the forest.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
After this it wound along on ridges and in ravines till it reached the heart of a great pine forest, where stood a saw-mill.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
They started in the early morning and rode out over the plains till they came to the edge of a large forest.
British Dictionary definitions for forest
Derived forms of forestforestal or foresteal (fəˈrɛstɪəl), adjectiveforested, adjectiveforestless, adjectiveforest-like, adjective
Word Origin for forest
Scientific definitions for forest
Idioms and Phrases with forest
see can't see the forest for the trees.