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"Forest" is not synonymous with "wood". A forest covers a larger area than a wood. I have removed the synonym and put in a cross-reference to "forest". I will move the translations of "forest" (those that I recognise) to there in due course.

It is a near synonym. If I say: He walked into the forest; he walked into the wood. it means the same thing more or less. Leasnam 19:15, 20 October 2011 (UTC)


The information under etymology 2 needs to moved under the sunder word wode. In the Middle English Dictionary, Wode is the headword and wood is a minor spelling variation. Wood and Wode have sunder etymologies and their spellings should stay asunder. AnWulf ... Ferþu Hal! 19:11, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

  • But their spellings have not stayed "asunder". And ‘wood’ is the more common spelling in modern English citations. Ƿidsiþ 19:33, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

It's 2011 and I still almost never say I went hiking in the forest, rather I say I was in the woods, I was hiking in the wood, I like the trees in these woods.Acdcrocks 22:38, 20 October 2011 (UTC)