Definition of jungle in English:

jungle

noun

  • 1An area of land overgrown with dense forest and tangled vegetation, typically in the tropics:

    ‘we set off into the jungle’
    [mass noun] ‘the lakes are hidden in dense jungle’
    • ‘He followed the clearing cautiously, staying in the dense jungle surrounding it.’
    • ‘They would travel from farm to farm, surviving for days in the jungle by eating crops and fishing in streams.’
    • ‘Reporters no longer need to lug around bulky suitcases to carry their laptops and heavy satellite discs in to transmit news stories from remote places, dense jungles or mountain tops.’
    • ‘Even so, every walk in a jungle where wild elephants, rhinos, buffaloes or tigers roam, is a tense experience, even if you do have an armed forest guard along with you.’
    • ‘These people live there, they understand the jungle of the Philippines, they know what to do.’
    • ‘Your guide will lead you through miles of old cane lands, tropical forests, and jungles rich with magnificent scenery.’
    • ‘He had been traveling the dense jungles for what seemed weeks, months even.’
    • ‘He fell on top of a colossal butte overlooking a dense jungle.’
    • ‘Tourism here is still pretty much an adventure, with unspoiled beaches, coral-filled waters and dense tropical jungle inland.’
    • ‘Later series saw the women marched through hostile jungle to a second camp.’
    • ‘Both Ecuador and Brazil have stepped up military operations in the dense Amazonian jungles where they share borders with Colombia.’
    • ‘For generations its farmers relied on the surrounding jungle for wood, grazing, fruit, herbs and building materials.’
    • ‘Dense jungle alternates with steamy rice paddies and, as pineapple groves give way to coconut plantations, working elephants come briefly into view.’
    • ‘This species, which lives in the wild in the jungles of Central Africa, is classified as endangered, under growing threat from the roaring trade in bush meat, coupled with the loss of their forest habitat.’
    • ‘The farmers keep busy in their vast fields, whose crops are of a healthy golden-brown, while the creatures in the wild hunt and play in the shade of the tropical forests and the damp jungles.’
    • ‘We walked though the dense foliage of the jungle.’
    • ‘Not named were probably those animals which live exclusively in forest, jungles, mountains, wetlands, deserts, etc.’
    • ‘By the late 1990s, about four-fifths of the population made their living doing subsistence agriculture in the jungles and highland forests.’
    • ‘The Yucatan peninsula is a fascinating area covered by dense jungle and swamps, criss-crossed with rivers and scattered with ruins from the Mayan civilisation.’
    • ‘Such terrain includes cities, jungles, and dense forests, but it also includes open terrain when it is mountainous or broken, affording the enemy numerous hiding places.’
    tropical forest
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    1. 1.1 A wild tangled mass of vegetation or other things:
      ‘the garden was a jungle of bluebells’
      • ‘The tops of the washing machines are covered by a jungle of well-watered pot plants.’
      • ‘The shirt she wore looked so torn that he wondered if she had walked through a jungle of thorns before coming into the disco.’
      • ‘I was finally able to crawl under the tree, and I soon found myself among a jungle of branches and leaves.’
      • ‘From a distance, the island looks like a jungle of dark weeds.’
      • ‘He says that the group had been working hard to improve the area around the sawmill dam by tackling the jungle of weeds, brambles and nettles that had grown up through years of neglect.’
      • ‘But when I realised today that my weed jungle does not constitute a garden to potter in, I turfed them into the bin.’
      • ‘My carpaccio was passable, but far too sparse and hidden beneath a jungle of foliage.’
      • ‘A jungle of mechanical debris bridges the gap between the cavernous fore and aft holds.’
      • ‘There was a jungle of ferns and bushes, blanketed with lichen.’
      • ‘This will keep your garden from looking like a jungle of haphazardly placed plants.’
      • ‘Often he would lie for hours, his elbows in the peaty soil, peering through a jungle of grass blades in search of those elusive musicians.’
      • ‘We sit there sometimes, but prefer the front, which is more like a jungle of plants where coffee refills are 10 minutes apart.’
      • ‘Dad borrowed the lights from her and rented a jungle of extension cords.’
      • ‘She walked through bushes and reached a jungle of trees.’
      • ‘It had remained hidden all this time under a jungle of wires.’
      • ‘It's a jungle of images of places found ‘above ground’ at those sites.’
      • ‘It's gutted, with big windows that aren't even boarded up, rickety balconies and a jungle of weeds out front.’
      • ‘Surrounding him on all sides, was a jungle of cement and wires.’
      • ‘‘We discovered all these terraces completely overgrown, under a jungle of vines and brambles,’ said Threipland.’
      • ‘When he died, police officers had to cut their way through a jungle of junk, just to get his body out.’
    2. 1.2 A situation or place of bewildering complexity or brutal competitiveness:
      ‘it's a jungle out there’
      • ‘It's a jungle of three letter acronyms and petroleum by-products.’
      • ‘But the European airline industry remains an insane jungle of bizarre and complex rules.’
      • ‘You send your camp's story into a veritable jungle of competing messages that bombard every parent and every child with whom you correspond.’
      • ‘Here's a roadmap through the jungle of competing claims.’
      • ‘They can bring learning alive and help young people through jungles of confusion, over rivers of problems and up mountains of challenge.’
      • ‘We have managed to create a jungle of inefficiency, throwing money at administration rather than research.’
      • ‘Perhaps, our urban jungle is just as bewildering for the old man and his daughter.’
      • ‘I know it's shameless, but the publishing world is a competitive jungle and, hey, you have to grab what chances you can.’
      complexity, confusion, complication, mess, chaos
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  • 2[mass noun] A style of dance music incorporating elements of ragga, hip-hop, and hard core and consisting of very fast electronic drum tracks and slower synthesized bass lines, originating in Britain in the early 1990s.

    • ‘It's got jungle on there, garage, rock, hip hop and my own little ideas.’
    • ‘‘He's been working on free jazz, hip hop, jungle and house,’ he says.’
    • ‘Furthermore, his contributions to electronica paved the way for genres such as acid house, deep house, jungle, and drum & bass.’
    • ‘On your old website, you mentioned that you both grew up listening to hip-hop, reggae and jungle.’

Phrases

  • the law of the jungle

    • The principle that those who are strong and apply ruthless self-interest will be most successful:

      ‘power politics reflected the law of the jungle’
      • ‘He viewed the world as one where the law of the jungle prevailed and the strong could kill the weak.’
      • ‘His colleagues, who recounted the story, called his decision prudent in a city ruled by the law of the jungle for more than a year.’
      • ‘What is missing from the European mindset is the reality that outside Europe, there exists the law of the jungle.’
      • ‘She'd taught him the law of the jungle, after all, and he didn't believe in double standards.’
      • ‘In other words, a society must have a moral standard by which it is run, or else we enter into the law of the jungle.’
      • ‘If we don't do this now, we'll allow the law of the jungle to pervade for the next million years.’
      • ‘Otherwise, we simply have the law of the jungle.’
      • ‘It's easy to write this off as the triumph of greed and the law of the jungle.’
      • ‘After all, they are the ones who have forgotten that we no longer live by the law of the jungle.’
      • ‘As described by one former CIA lawyer that is ‘the law of the jungle.’’
      the survival of the fittest, each man for himself, every man for himself, dog-eat-dog
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Origin

Late 18th century: via Hindi from Sanskrit jāṅgala rough and arid (terrain).

Pronunciation:

jungle

/ˈdʒʌŋɡ(ə)l/