a narrow strip of woods or forest along the banks of a watercourse flowing through open country.
Origin of gallery forest
First recorded in 1915–20
Also called fringing forest.
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British Dictionary definitions for gallery forest
a stretch of forest along a river in an area of otherwise open country
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