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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin foris 'outside' (because it was outside the main fenced area of woods)

forest

noun
     
Related topics: Nature, Forestry
for‧est S2 W2 [countable]
DN a large area of land that is covered with trees [↪ wood]
thick/dense forest
Much of Scandinavia is covered in dense forest.
the danger of forest fires
rain forest

; ➔ not see the forest for the trees

at see1 (41)
WORD FOCUS: tree WORD FOCUS: tree
parts of a tree: trunk, branch, leaf, blossom, roots, bark, twig

a large area of trees: forest, rainforest, jungle

a small area of trees: wood/woods, thicket British English, copse British English

types of tree: evergreen, deciduous, conifer, fruit tree, hardwood tree

wood from trees: timber, lumber, firewood
tree

See also
tree

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