jungle






noun

  1. a wild land overgrown with dense vegetation, often nearly impenetrable, especially tropical vegetation or a tropical rain forest.
  2. a tract of such land.
  3. a wilderness of dense overgrowth; a piece of swampy, thickset forestland.
  4. any confused mass or agglomeration of objects; jumble: a jungle of wrecked automobiles.
  5. something that baffles or perplexes; maze: a jungle of legal double-talk.
  6. a scene of violence and struggle for survival: The neglected prison was a jungle for its inmates.
  7. a place or situation of ruthless competition: the advertising jungle.
  8. Slang. a hobo camp.

noun

  1. a novel (1906) by Upton Sinclair.

noun

  1. an equatorial forest area with luxuriant vegetation, often almost impenetrable
  2. any dense or tangled thicket or growth
  3. a place of intense competition or ruthless struggle for survivalthe concrete jungle
  4. a type of fast electronic dance music, originating in the early 1990s, which combines elements of techno and ragga
  5. US slang (esp in the Depression) a gathering place for the unemployed, etc
n.

1776, from Hindi jangal “desert, forest, wasteland, uncultivated ground,” from Sanskrit jangala-s “arid, sparsely grown with trees,” of unknown origin. Specific sense of “land overgrown by vegetation in a wild, tangled mass” is first recorded 1849; meaning “place notoriously lawless and violent” is first recorded 1906, from Upton Sinclair’s novel (cf. asphalt jungle, 1949, William R. Burnett’s novel title, made into a film 1950 by John Huston; blackboard jungle, 1954, Evan Hunter’s novel title, movie in 1955). Jungle gym was a trademark name, 1923, by Junglegym Inc., Chicago, U.S. Jungle bunny, derogatory for “black person,” attested from 1966.

see law of the jungle.

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