a tropical forest, usually of tall, densely growing, broad-leaved evergreen trees in an area of high annual rainfall.
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- rain cats and dogs,
- rain check,
- rain cloud,
- rain dance,
- rain date,
- rain frog,
- rain gauge,
- rain on one's parade,
- rain or shine,
- rain out
Origin of rain forest
First recorded in 1900–05
Also called tropical rain forest.
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1899, apparently a loan-translation of German Regenwald, coined by A.F.W. Schimper for his 1898 work "Pflanzengeographie."
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