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

  • noun Shrubs, saplings, and herbaceous plants growing beneath trees in a forest.
  • noun The condition of being less than fully grown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which grows under; especially, shrubs or small trees growing beneath or among large ones.
  • noun The state or condition of being undergrown.
  • noun Short, fine under-hair on a skin.
  • noun Specifically, in forestry, the ground-cover, underbrush, and young trees below the large sapling stage.

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

  • noun That which grows under trees; specifically, shrubs or small trees growing among large trees.

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

  • noun The plants in a forest which only reach a relatively low height (such as shrubs and bushes).

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

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