Meaning of FOREST in English

I. ˈfȯr-əst, ˈfär- noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin forestis ( silva ) unenclosed (woodland), from Latin foris outside — more at forum

Date: 13th century

1. : a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract

2. : a tract of wooded land in England formerly owned by the sovereign and used for game

3. : something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness

a forest of microphones

a kelp forest

• for·est·al -əs-t ə l or fo·res·tial fə-ˈres-tē-əl, fȯ-, -ˈres(h)-chəl adjective

• for·est·ed ˈfȯr-ə-stəd, ˈfär- adjective

II. transitive verb

Date: circa 1828

: to cover with trees or forest

land densely forest ed with firs

• for·es·ta·tion ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən, ˌfär- noun

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