undergrowth

[uhn-der-grohth]
noun
1.
low-lying vegetation or small trees growing beneath larger trees; underbrush.
2.
the condition of being undergrown or undersized.
3.
short, fine hair underlying longer, outer wool or fur.

Origin:
1590–1600; under- + growth

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undergrowth (ˈʌndəˌɡrəʊθ)
 
n
1.  small trees, bushes, ferns, etc, growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
2.  the condition of being undergrown
3.  a growth of short fine hairs beneath longer ones; underfur

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undergrowth
1600, from under + growth (see grow).
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Example sentences
Try not to use plants that develop dead undergrowth.
Limit the use of plants that develop dry or dead undergrowth.
Herbaceous undergrowth includes a variety of plants.
There are violent splashes, followed by the sound of large bodies crashing
  through the undergrowth.
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