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jungle

[Hindustani jangal=desert, forest; from Skt. jangala=wasteland, uncultivated land], densest form of tropical forestforest,
a dense growth of trees, together with other plants, covering a large area of land. The science concerned with the study, preservation, and management of forests is forestry.
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 (usually second growth or later) found throughout tropical lowland regions. Jungle is characterized by high humidity and resultant abundance (both in numbers and variety) of flora and concomitantly of fauna. Jungle is not a strict ecological term and is often applied to any impenetrable thicket or tangled mass of vegetation.
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Jungle

 

tree and shrub thickets combined with high, coarse-stemmed grasses. The term “jungle” is also applied to impenetrable thick forests and shrubbery entwined with woody lianas. Typical jungles are widespread in India, in the regions with a humid tropical or subtropical climate and swampy soil, such as the area along the Ganges River and the foothills of the Himalayas (the so-called Terai), as well as in Indochina and on the Sunda Islands. Secondary, or anthropogenic jungles (the result of prolonged human activity), may be found on formerly plowed land and in places where forests have been burned or cut down. Jungles are characterized by such vegetation as sal (Shorea robusta), sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo), acacia, sterculia, rattan palm, and gigantic bamboo, as well as by such tall grasses as wild sugarcane, elephant grass, and erianthus.

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What does it mean when you dream about a jungle?

The wild parts of the dreamer’s personality that may have been inhibited by social conditioning may express themselves in dreams of the jungle or the wild. (See also Forest).

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jungle

[′jəŋ·gəl]
(ecology)
An impenetrable thicket of second-growth vegetation replacing tropical rain forest that has been disturbed; lower growth layers are dense.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

jungle

an equatorial forest area with luxuriant vegetation, often almost impenetrable
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

Jungle

(dreams)
The jungle could represent your confusing and overwhelming thoughts regarding daily life. If you dream you are in an impenetrable jungle, your unconscious may be revealing to you the anxiety you have about a particular situation, a current difficulty, or the future. If you find yourself freely exploring the jungle, it is a positive dream image which might be encouraging you to go on a new adventure and discover unexplored areas of your own psyche.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.