Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Small trees or shrubs growing beneath the taller trees in a forest, especially when thick or tangled.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To work in the underbrush, as in cutting and clearing; clear away underbrush from.
  • noun Shrubs and small trees growing under large trees in a wood or forest; brush; undergrowth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Shrubs, small trees, and the like, in a wood or forest, growing beneath large trees; undergrowth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The small trees and other plants that clutter the floor of a forest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

under- +‎ brush

Examples

  • Back early part of December, you've had House and Senate staff starting to meet Democratic staff, starting to thrash out what they call the underbrush -- sort of the easier parts of these Bills where most of the things were the same.

    All Kaiser Health News

  • It knocked down so many trees that the underbrush is now so thick you can hardly get in the woods.

    What Happened to Squirrel Hunting?

  • It knocked down so many trees that the underbrush is now so thick you can hardly get in the woods.

    What Happened to Squirrel Hunting?

  • In a bee-line, through the underbrush, which is peculiarly dense, very thorny, and very aggressive in that locality, a full half hour was necessary.

    Les Miserables

  • Is religion just an extension of the valid suspicion that any rustling in the underbrush could be a beast coming to eat you?

    Jeff Dorchen: Study Proves Other People Are Even Worse Than We Thought

  • Lost in the underbrush is the reality that the architecture of FISA was shaped not only to protect the privacy of Americans but also to give the White House considerable latitude in pursuing time-urgent opportunities.

    The Constitution: Checking a Would-Be King

  • In order to preserve these forest-trees, the underbrush, which is liable to make a conflagration in a dry season, should be removed generally, and the view of the great features be left unimpeded.

    Our Italy

  • In a bee-line, through the underbrush, which is peculiarly dense, very thorny, and very aggressive in that locality, a full half hour was necessary.

    Les Miserables, Volume V, Jean Valjean

  • In a bee-line, through the underbrush, which is peculiarly dense, very thorny, and very aggressive in that locality, a full half hour was necessary.

    Les Misérables

  • Careful studies of silt prove beyond doubt that its primal cause is the removal of the forest cover, such as underbrush, weeds, and grasses, along the streams, which allows the rainfall to run off rapidly.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908.

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