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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The 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.

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

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

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