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    What is the difference, regarding usage, between the words forest and jungle?

    Is "wild" also used in the same sense (as used in some animation movies - "the wild!").

    Is is true that forest is preferred in BrE while jungle in AmE ?

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    Jungle is a tropical forest. IMO, geographic location qualifies jungles.

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    I'm no teacher.

    Jungle means specifically a tropical forest. The word is usually associated with wild animals, dense plant life, far from civilisation.
    In contrast you can call almost every collection of trees a forest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    What is the difference, regarding usage, between the words forest and jungle?

    Is "wild" also used in the same sense (as used in some animation movies - "the wild!").

    Is is true that forest is preferred in BrE while jungle in AmE ?
    "The wild" is used; "It's great to see monkeys in the wild in India" for example.

    While a jungle is a type of large very dense forest, I don't see them as the same. The word "jungle" conjures up images of dark, dense tropical or sub tropical environments while "forest" seems more northern somehow. The word "jungle" comes from the Hindi word "jangal" and was borrowed into English along with quite a lot of other (mainly slang) words and expressions in the 18th century through the British involvement in India. No, to the best of my knowledge both words are equally used, in the right contexts, in both AmE and BrE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    What is the difference, regarding usage, between the words forest and jungle?

    Is "wild" also used in the same sense (as used in some animation movies - "the wild!").

    Is is true that forest is preferred in BrE while jungle in AmE ?
    Jungle is a Hindi word derived from Jangala/ Jangalam in Sanskrit . Since mid to late 19th century it began to be used in English to depict the tropical rain forest of the Indian Subcontinent. Rudyard Kipling who was born in India ... titled his book about a society of animals " The Jungle Book "which was published in 1894. This hugely popular book made it possible for ' jungle ' to enter the English language forever.

    Jungle is hindi word or english - Rediff Questions & Answers

    In hindi we have another word "vun" which could be similar to forest...

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    Thank you very much to all posters above for your precise kind answers.

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