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- A large, undeveloped, humid forest, especially in a tropical region, that is home to many wild plants and animals; a tropical rainforest.
- (South Asia) Any uncultivated tract of forest or scrub habitat.
- (colloquial) A place where people behave ruthlessly, unconstrained by law or morality.
- It’s a jungle out there.
- 1984, Barry Ellem, Doing Time, page 25:
- The first-timer just doesn't know what's going on when he gets to jail. […] It's a jungle, you've got to look after yourself first.
- 2005, Laura Knight-Jadczyk, The High Strangeness of Dimensions, Densities, and the Process of Alien Abduction:
- But of course, that excludes the narcissistic delusionals, the deliberate frauds, and the pathological cases of multiple personality. They are all out there in New Age Land, and it's a jungle!
- (figurative) A tangled mess.
- (slang) An area where hobos camp together.
- (music, uncountable) A style of electronic dance music and precursor of drum and bass.
- 1994 September, Simon Reynolds, “Above The Treeline”, in The Wire:
- Always more multiracial than other post-Rave scenes, Hardcore got “blacker” as hiphop, Ragga, dub and Soul influences kicked in, and by 93 it had evolved into Jungle. By this point, Hardcore/Jungle (the terms remain interchangeable) was universally scorned by dance hipsters and banished from the media.
- (golf, slang) Dense rough.
- Synonym: tiger country
- 2006, Rob Blumer, Rex Chaney, Essential golf instruction, page 167:
- Hitting from the Jungle. The rough at some courses is just weeds and sparse grass, as often as not giving a player a decent lie to shoot from. But grass above four inches is nasty. It will grab your club and alter your shots.
- (vulgar, slang) A hairy vulva.
- asphalt jungle
- beat like a jungle drum
- concrete jungle
- dark jungle glory
- hobo jungle
- it's a jungle out there
- jungle babbler
- jungle bear
- jungle bendy
- jungle boot
- jungle bunny
- jungle cat
- jungle cock
- jungle crow
- jungle drums
- jungle fever
- jungle fowl
- jungle glory
- jungle green
- jungle gym
- jungle juice
- jungle justice
- jungle mouth
- jungle nymph
- jungle primary
- jungle rot
- jungle telegraph
- law of the jungle
- rubber jungle
- → Catalan: jungla
- → Czech: džungle
- → Danish: jungle
- → Dutch: jungle
- → French: jungle
- → Romanian: junglă
- → German: Dschungel, Tschungel
- → Hungarian: dzsungel
- → Esperanto: ĝangalo
- → Italian: giungla
- → Japanese: ジャングル (janguru)
- → Korean: 정글 (jeonggeul)
- → Polish: dżungla
- → Russian: джу́нгли (džúngli)
- → Serbo-Croatian: džungla
- → Slovak: džungľa
- → Slovene: džungla
- → Spanish: jungla
- → Swedish: djungel
- → Ukrainian: джу́нглі (džúnhli)
- → Welsh: jyngl
large, undeveloped, humid forest
colloquial: place where people behave ruthlessly
style of electronic music
jungle (not comparable)
- (Of musical beat, rhythm, etc.) resembling the fast-paced drumming of traditional peoples of the jungle.
- 1939 January 8, The Tribune, Manila, page 13, column 2:
- She gave her first performance at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles, offering festival dances, Moro tribal rituals, primitive jungle rhythms and rice harvest ceremonials.
- 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 9:
- Somewhere further up the valley a bunch of hippies were getting back to nature by loading up on mind altering chemicals and overwhelming their senses with five million decibels of digital bass and jungle beats.
- Jungle on Wikipedia.Wikipedia Article on Jungle (forest)
- Jungle (music) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Jungle in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
From Jung (“boy”).
- Abegg, Emil, (1911) Die Mundart von Urseren (Beiträge zur Schweizerdeutschen Grammatik. IV.) [The Dialect of Urseren], Frauenfeld, Switzerland: Huber & Co., page 60.
Declension of jungle
- jungle, dense tropical rainforest [from early 19th c.]
- Synonym: rimboe
- 1825 January 8, “Uittreksels van Amerikaansche nieuwspapieren”, in De Curaçaosche Courant, volume XIII, number 1, page 2:
- Het eerste gevecht was een aanval op een detachement door vele duizenden der Burmesen, in den mond van een jungle, waerdoor zy gedekt waren.
- The first battle was an attack on a detachment by many thousands of the Burmese, in the mouth of a jungle, which covered them.
- IPA(key): /ʒœ̃ɡl/, (rarer, dated) /ʒɔ̃ɡl/
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jungle f (plural jungles)
- jungle (large humid forest)
- (derogatory) jungle (dog eat dog place, lawless area)
- Synonym: zone de non-droit
- → Romanian: junglă
- “jungle”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.