- The definition of a jungle is an undeveloped land area with thick trees, plants and brush, or is the thick tangle of brush and vegetation itself, or a situation that is highly competitive or risky.
- An example of a jungle is a thick forest with lots of plants, trees and animals.
- An example of a jungle is a cutthroat corporate boardroom.
- An example of a jungle is a dense, tangled mess of blackberry bushes.
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- land in a wet, tropical region, usually with large trees, dense underbrush, and a hot climate
- any confused, tangled growth, collection, etc.
- ☆ Slang a hobos' camp
- ☆ Slang a place or situation in which people engage in ruthless competition or in a struggle for survival
Origin: Hindi jangal, desert forest, jungle from Sanskrit jaṅgala, wasteland, desert
- jungly adjective
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- Land densely overgrown with tropical vegetation.
- A dense thicket or growth.
- A dense, confused mass; a jumble.
- Something made up of many confused elements; a bewildering complex or maze: sorting through the jungle of regulations.
- A place or milieu characterized by intense, often ruthless competition or struggle for survival: the corporate jungle.
- Slang A place where hoboes camp.
Origin: Ultimately from Sanskrit jaṅgalam, desert, wasteland, uncultivated area, from jaṅgala-, desert, waste.
- junˈgly adjective