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1. Land covered with a dense growth of tropical vegetation.
2. A dense thicket or growth.
3. A dense, confused mass; a jumble.
4. Something made up of many confused elements; a bewildering complex or maze: sorting through the jungle of regulations.
5. A place or milieu characterized by intense, often ruthless competition or struggle for survival: the corporate jungle.
6. Slang A place where hoboes camp.

[Ultimately from Sanskrit jaṅgalam, desert, wasteland, uncultivated area, from jaṅgala-, desert, waste.]

jun′gly (-glē) adj.
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Adj.1.jungly - overgrown with tropical vegetation
wooded - covered with growing trees and bushes etc; "wooded land"; "a heavily wooded tract"
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Below, it is a swampy, jungly region, full of snakes, insects, and fever.
Boggley Wollah is situated in a fine, lonely, marshy, jungly district, famous for snipe-shooting, and where not unfrequently you may flush a tiger.
Cook and Moore, Tarzan audition: "The public is not ready for the sight of a one-legged apeman swinging through the jungly tendrils.
Or if you rejoice in a jungly overgrown look, you can afford to relax.
For arrangers who love the jungly exuberance of exotics or the expansive bounty of cottage-style bouquets, conventional vases often aren't big enough.
This jungly habitat originally covered most of the Atlantic fringe of Europe from northern Scotland to Portugal, and is part of the Celtic Rainforest of Western Britain and Ireland.
Tenders are invited for Uprooting, cleaning and cutting of grasses, jungly plants and bushes in 132/33 kV Switchyard area at BTPS and area in between switchyard and power house main building at BTPS, BTPS PSS and pruning of trees under the 33 kV, 11 kV and 415 Volt line as and when required for the period from 01.
Forms that resemble totemic creatures push and pull at a globe (perhaps our earth) like huge cats batting at a ball of yarn in a jungly night.
After this, the gander is immediately directed to the jungly region at the foot of Mount Vindhya and then to Vindhya itself, both of which are occupied only by elephants, bees.
Across the centre of the island stretch swathes of jungly forest, deep caves, and vast whispering fields of sugar cane, dotted with pleasant villages filled with vibrant life.