Definition of rainforest in English:



  • A luxuriant, dense forest rich in biodiversity, found typically in tropical areas with consistently heavy rainfall.

    ‘save the rainforests’
    mass noun ‘tracts of rainforest’
    as modifier ‘rainforest plants’
    • ‘Light can be blinding on the high altitude salt flats, or dense and green in the rainforest.’
    • ‘Made up of dense rainforests, and barren plateaus, it provided the extreme conditions necessary for good combat training.’
    • ‘The small area of tropical rainforests has such a profusion of endemic species that most of them were placed on the World Heritage list in the 1980s.’
    • ‘The drop in global temperature also reduces the tropical rainforests in the Amazon Basin to small ribbons running along the rivers.’
    • ‘Gardenias are tropical rainforest plants, so do not like to be planted in a full sun environment.’
    • ‘Several kilometres away, a pair of hunters made their way through a temperate rainforest.’
    • ‘Its rainforests have never been cleared for timber or replaced with sugar plantations.’
    • ‘Nature buffs will appreciate the lush rainforests and the Misty Fjords National Monument.’
    • ‘The rainforest trek begins on November 4 in a national park to the north of Brasilia, the capital city.’
    • ‘As we trudged through the dense rainforest we spotted several species of birds and pitcher plants.’
    • ‘By cutting down the rainforest you are destroying an entire ecosystem of both plants and animals.’
    • ‘In nature, orchids usually use trees as an anchor for support, often growing in areas with very high rainfall, such as rainforests.’
    • ‘After travelling out from the capital city, Caracas, they prepared to enter the humid tropical rainforests that cover the country.’
    • ‘These birds inhabit coastal rainforests and wooded areas where they can easily fly, hop or climb from tree to tree.’
    • ‘Eurycoma longifolia is a rainforest plant that has a long history of use as a medicinal herb.’
    • ‘Over the past 30 years, the world has lost fully a fifth of all biodiverse tropical rainforests.’
    • ‘Imagine the Scottish moors with temperate rainforests and sinuous rivers, and you have Tasmania.’
    • ‘They are primarily forest birds and live in rainforests of tropical Asia and Africa.’
    • ‘Lions can also live, with wider ranges, in most habitats except in tropical rainforests and in deserts.’
    • ‘The project features an interpretive signage pathway within the rainforest parkland.’
    tropical forest, tropical rainforest
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