Forest vs. Jungle

Every jungle is a forest but not every forest is a jungle. A jungle is a dense forest. e.g. the Amazon rainforest.

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Forest

Jungle

Penetrability Penetrable Impenetrable
Size Very Large 20% of Forest
Contents Forests contain many tree species of all varieties. However, not many different species may be found in the same forest. Jungle includes young trees, vines and lianas, and herbaceous plants
Zonal Presence Forests are present in both equatorial and tropical climatic zones Jungles are present in both equatorial and tropical climatic zones
Origin of Word The word forest eventually came to mean wooded land more generally The word jungle originates from a Sanskrit word jangala, meaning "forest".
Types Boreal forests, rain forests, tropical forests etc. Jungle is a type of rain forest
Generally found in Forests can be found in all regions capable of sustaining tree growth Jungle may be found at the edges of forests
Definition Area with high density of trees Dense forest in a hot climate

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Anonymous comments (3)

March 27, 2014, 12:20am

VERY EDUCATIONAL. I THOUGHT THE DIFFRTENCE WAS MUD AND SWAMP WATERS. BUT THANKS FOR THE KNOWLEDGE, CUZ IM WATCHING 'NAKED&AFRAID' THEY R IN THE AMAZON JUNGLE, WHICH TRIGGERED MY QUESTION .SO THANKS!

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June 27, 2010, 11:05pm

tx..for the information...
where do the wild animals live? jungle or forest?

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May 30, 2008, 7:37am

The difference is purely a matter of usage. Jungle is a Hindi word that means (surprise!) forest. Jungle was absorbed into English like so many other words of Indian origin when the British went on a 300 year long global land acquisition spree. A few examples of such words would be pajama, bungalow, thug and gutter.

Jungle is frequently used with reference to India and Africa and always suggests a sort of untamed and dangerous quality. The difference between the worlds jungle and forest is not in the definition but what the common usage implies. What it implies is a lingering and unarticulated but still very present colonial world view.

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