2. A large extent or precinct of country, generally waste and woody, belonging to the sovereign, set apart for the keeping of game for his use, not inclosed, but distinguished by certain limits, and protected by certain laws, courts, and officers of its own.
Forest glade, a grassy space in a forest. Forest laws, laws for the protection of game, preservation of timber, etc, in forests. Forest tree, a tree of the forest, especially a timber tree, as distinguished from a fruit tree.
Origin: OF. Forest, F. Foret, LL. Forestis, also, forestus, forestum, foresta, prop, open ground reserved for the chase, fr. L. Foris, foras, out of doors.
(04 Apr 1998)
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