rain forest

or rain·for·est


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

Nearby words

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  6. rain frog,
  7. rain gauge,
  8. rain on one's parade,
  9. rain or shine,
  10. rain out

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

rain forest


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper