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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.

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.

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).

jungle

[′jəŋ·gəl]
(ecology)
An impenetrable thicket of second-growth vegetation replacing tropical rain forest that has been disturbed; lower growth layers are dense.

jungle

an equatorial forest area with luxuriant vegetation, often almost impenetrable

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.
References in classic literature ?
By the Law of the Jungle it is death to kill at the drinking-places when once the Water Truce has been declared.
The snakes had left the Jungle and come down to the river in the hope of finding a stray frog.
Arrived at the boma, he circled carefully about the outside of the enclosure until, opposite a break in the thorny wall, he came to indications that something had recently passed into the jungle. His acute sense of smell told him that both of those he sought had fled from the camp in this direction, and a moment later he had taken up the trail and was following the faint spoor.
At one side of the trail, beneath a giant tree, lay a little heap of loosely piled brush--to her dying day that little spot of jungle would be indelibly impressed upon her memory.
"Bara, the deer, is less fearful than you--you, Tantor, the elephant, greatest of the jungle folk with the strength of as many Numas as I have toes upon my feet and fingers upon my hands.
Then stretching himself at full length, he drummed with his bare toes upon the thick hide, and as his fingers scratched the more tender surfaces beneath the great ears, he talked to Tantor of the gossip of the jungle as though the great beast understood every word that he said.
He told the boy all that he knew of his father's past life in the jungle and when he found that the boy had been kept in ignorance of all these things for so many years, and that he had been forbidden visiting the zoological gardens; that he had had to bind and gag his tutor to find an opportunity to come to the music hall and see Ajax, he guessed immediately the nature of the great fear that lay in the hearts of the boy's parents-- that he might crave the jungle as his father had craved it.
He seemed anxious to purchase Ajax, and at last he told the man frankly that he was prompted not only by a desire upon his part to return the beast to the liberty of his native jungle; but also because his wife feared that in some way her son might learn the whereabouts of the ape and through his attachment for the beast become imbued with the roving instinct which, as Tarzan explained to Paulvitch, had so influenced his own life.
It was not easy, that backward tramp through the jungle, especially as night had fallen.
More and more weakly the torn and bleeding arm struck home with the long sharp blade, then the little figure stiffened with a spasmodic jerk, and Tarzan, the young Lord Greystoke, rolled unconscious upon the dead and decaying vegetation which carpeted his jungle home.
He lifted his head and sniffed the slow, jungle breeze.
They will scour the jungle for him when he is far away, and we and our children must run when the grass is set alight.