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rain forest

or rain·for·est

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

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called tropical rain forest.
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Word Origin and History for rain forest


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

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