Forest vs. Forrest - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Forest

    A forest is a large area dominated by trees. Hundreds of more precise definitions of forest are used throughout the world, incorporating factors such as tree density, tree height, land use, legal standing and ecological function. According to the widely used Food and Agriculture Organization definition, forests covered 4 billion hectares (9.9×109 acres) (15 million square miles) or approximately 30 percent of the world's land area in 2006.Forests are the dominant terrestrial ecosystem of Earth, and are distributed around the globe. Forests account for 75% of the gross primary production of the Earth's biosphere, and contain 80% of the Earth's plant biomass. Net primary production is estimated at 21.9 gigatonnes carbon per year for tropical forests, 8.11 for temperate forests, and 2.69 for boreal forests.Forests at different latitudes and elevations form distinctly different ecozones: boreal forests near the poles, tropical forests near the equator and temperate forests at mid-latitudes. Higher elevation areas tend to support forests similar to those at higher latitudes, and amount of precipitation also affects forest composition. Human society and forests influence each other in both positive and negative ways. Forests provide ecosystem services to humans and serve as tourist attractions. Forests can also affect people's health. Human activities, including harvesting forest resources, can negatively affect forest ecosystems.

Wiktionary

  • Forest (noun)

    A dense collection of trees covering a relatively large area. Larger than woods.

  • Forest (noun)

    Any dense collection or amount.

    "a forest of criticism"

  • Forest (noun)

    A defined area of land set aside in England as royal hunting ground or for other privileged use; all such areas.

  • Forest (noun)

    A graph with no cycles; i.e., a graph made up of trees.

  • Forest (noun)

    A group of domains that are managed as a unit.

  • Forest (noun)

    The colour forest green.

  • Forest (verb)

    To cover an area with trees.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Forest (noun)

    a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth

    "a pine forest"

    "a large tract of forest"

  • Forest (noun)

    an area, typically owned by the sovereign and partly wooded, kept for hunting and having its own laws.

  • Forest (noun)

    denoting an area that was formerly a royal forest

    "Waltham Forest"

  • Forest (noun)

    a large number or dense mass of vertical or tangled objects

    "a forest of high-rise apartments"

  • Forest (verb)

    cover (land) with forest; plant with trees

    "a forested hillside"

Webster Dictionary

  • Forest (noun)

    An extensive wood; a large tract of land covered with trees; in the United States, a wood of native growth, or a tract of woodland which has never been cultivated.

  • Forest (noun)

    A large extent or precinct of country, generally waste and woody, belonging to the sovereign, set apart for the keeping of game for his use, not inclosed, but distinguished by certain limits, and protected by certain laws, courts, and officers of its own.

  • Forest (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a forest; sylvan.

  • Forest

    To cover with trees or wood.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Forest (noun)

    the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area

  • Forest (noun)

    land that is covered with trees and shrubs

  • Forest (verb)

    establish a forest on previously unforested land;

    "afforest the mountains"

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