American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Low-growing plants, saplings, and shrubs beneath trees in a forest.
- n. A growth of short, fine hairs underlying the longer and thicker outer hairs of an animal's coat; underfur or underwool.
- n. The condition of being less than fully grown.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Short, fine under-hair on a skin.
- n. Specifically, in forestry, the ground-cover, underbrush, and young trees below the large sapling stage.
- n. That which grows under; especially, shrubs or small trees growing beneath or among large ones.
- n. The state or condition of being undergrown.
- n. The plants in a forest which only reach a relatively low height (such as shrubs and bushes).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which grows under trees; specifically, shrubs or small trees growing among large trees.
- n. the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
“All the undergrowth is scorched brown and black by the cold.”
“On a crystalline, perfectly blue morning in June, a young married couple driving across upper Michigan stop to picnic in a clearing, then watch in horror as their two and a half year old daughter suddenly vanishes, swallowed by what they discover hidden in undergrowth is a tiny hole in a poorly sealed and long-forgotten mineshaft.”
“Unit, often camped in undergrowth while on operations in CAMBODIA.”
“Twining through the undergrowth were the bittersweet vines.”
“The undergrowth was a nuisance, being composed of pea-vines, clover, nettles, cane and briery berry bushes.”
“I walked across once, and found the dense growth of banana, cocoanut, mango, cotton and other trees, and undergrowth, which is termed here "the bush," terminating abruptly at the ragged back fences of the neighborhood.”
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“Govt plagued by 'undergrowth' of ministers, advisers and the press - Goldsmith doesn't seem to have enjoyed being part of it”
“This open ground beneath the trees made walking anywhere easy in contrast to eastern forests with their thick bushy undergrowth and giant jackstraws deadfalls.”
“They are wind-swept because cows have browsed out the undergrowth.”
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