I am looking for the adjective to describe that something is a rainforest, or similar (such as a forest, jungle, woodland.)

For instance, I am not looking for adjectives like 'green' or 'leafy,' rather an adjective to describe a jungle in the way that apine apian is too a bee, or alpine is to high mountains.

For example,

The _____ nature of his front lawn meant that he received few visitors

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    Apparently he has no walkway to his door; it seems you are saying that if he did have visitors, they would have worn down a path through the grass. if he has let it grow long, perhaps it is untamed, overgrown, or at least unkempt . Potential visitors might find it daunting, or even impenetrable. And maybe he mows his lawn, and waters it abundantly, making it as lush as a rainforest. Yet it has nary a footprint on it—it is as pristine and undisturbed as a remote, unexplored rainforest. Jul 26, 2015 at 13:39
  • Thank you very much for your comprehensive and well explained help, but alas the example was just an example, so that isn't quite right. Thank you for taking the time though. @BrianHitchcock
    – joe_young
    Jul 26, 2015 at 13:41
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    A front lawn has grass, and grass can become untamed etc. It doesn't normally have many trees, so your sentence is a slightly misguided example.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 26, 2015 at 15:24

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Or if you specifically want to refer to trees then



  • Thank you very much, I never thought of searching for an adjective relating to trees, arboraceous was exactly what I was looking for
    – joe_young
    Jul 26, 2015 at 9:32
  • Jungly? You do realize that some rainforests are not jungles, right? The Olympic Peninsula of Washington State is a rainforest.
    – Robusto
    Jul 26, 2015 at 10:28
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    @Robusto - I was merely answering the question: "I am looking for the adjective to describe that something is a rainforest, or similar (such as a forest, jungle, woodland.)". I think I covered both options. Jul 26, 2015 at 11:24

What's wrong with rainforest?

The rainforest in his front yard meant that he received few visitors.

There's nothing wrong with a little hyperbole every now and then – I think that will likely read better than:

The «adjnature of his front lawn...

(unless you were trying to make a deliberate pun on the word nature?)

Another noun you could use is zareba, which means “a protective enclosure of thorny bushes,” but has been used figuratively in literature:

Vladimir Brusiloff had permitted his face to become almost entirely concealed behind a dense zareba of hair, but his eyes were visible through the undergrowth...

  • Thank you and +1 for your answer, it's not exactly what I was looking for but still it is very good and much appreciated
    – joe_young
    Jul 26, 2015 at 10:45

"The amazonian nature of his front lawn meant that he received few visitors.

  • "amazonian" - Having to do with the Amazon River in South America, and its surrounding region.

"Silvan/sylvan" means of woods or forests. Only example I can think of now is Tolkien's Silvan Elves (elves of the forest). It has a somewhat poetic or archaic flavor.

The Cambridge online offers the following as "related" words: afforestation brushwood coppice copse fell forested forester glade grove jungle logger logging logjam old growth rainforest reafforest spinney the timberline tropical rainforest wooded

BTW, your bee thing is "apian".

  • Thank you for your answer, +1, and yeah the apine/apian thing was a typo, but thanks, I corrected it.
    – joe_young
    Jul 26, 2015 at 16:54

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