Definition of jungle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒʌŋɡl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒʌŋɡl//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] an area of tropical forest where trees and plants grow very thickly The area was covered in dense jungle. the jungles of South-East Asia jungle warfare Our garden is a complete jungle.
  2. 2[singular] an unfriendly or dangerous place or situation, especially one where it is very difficult to be successful or to trust anyone It's a jungle out there—you've got to be strong to succeed. see also concrete jungle
  3. 3 (also jungle music) [uncountable] a type of electronic dance music developed in Britain in the early 1990s, which has a fast drum beat and a strong slower bass1 beat See related entries: Styles of music
  4. Word Originlate 18th cent.: via Hindi from Sanskrit jāṅgala ‘rough and arid (terrain)’.Extra examples This outback area is a far cry from the city’s concrete jungle. a temple deep in the Brazilian jungle the lush jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula The plant originates from the jungles of South-East Asia. They were trained in jungle warfare. We trekked for miles through dense jungle.Idioms a situation in which people are prepared to harm other people in order to succeed These criminal gangs only recognize the law of the jungle.
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