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

  • n. An underlying layer of vegetation, especially the plants that grow beneath a forest's canopy.

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  • n. The layer of plants that grow in the shade of the canopy of a forest.


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  • Many palm species, and a rich and diverse understory is a characteristic of these jungles.

    Magdalena-Urabá moist forests

  • It includes a bit of semolina which both adds gluten and a thin understory of crunch that's appealing in savory dishes and I suspect, some fruity pies like apple.

    Spinach & Feta Quiche ♥ | A Veggie Venture

  • Cutting out the vegetative understory, which is what the town wants, removes some of that protection.

    Local News from Wilmington Star News

  • Innovation starts with the "understory" of the economic food chain: the entrepreneurs.

    Krisztina Holly: The Innovation Ecosystem

  • Though he did not have a formal role in the presentation, he was asked to talk a bit about the Nature Consortium's involvement in restoring the greenbelt, which currently is dominated by "understory" species that are coming to the end of their lifespan.

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  • He already had flankers out crashing through the understory on either side of his column.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Much of the forest was choked at ground level by thick tangles of understory—much, but not all.

    George Washington’s First War

  • I saw few animals beyond birds and an occasional deer as this massive monoculture forest that lies between eight thousand and ten thousand feet was rather sterile for wildlife, a biological desert with virtually no understory.

    Bird Cloud

  • Wild sarsaparilla, wild oats, Solomon's seal and a host of understory plants die off; grass-like species such as Pennsylvania sedge take over.

    The Real Story of Globalization

  • Brushy areas peripheral to the nut forests were burned periodically to keep the forest back and the understory of fruit-laden bushes producing.

    Fire The Sky


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