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[bruhsh-woo d] /ˈbrʌʃˌwʊd/
the wood of branches that have been cut or broken off.
a pile or covering of such branches.
a growth or thicket of densely growing small trees and shrubs.
Origin of brushwood
1630-40; brush2 + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Gauls were there among the brushwood, hard on the fortress, secure in the darkness and the dower of shadowy night.

  • But Felicien had gone a shorter way through the brambles and brushwood.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • At once came a flash of fire from the gas thus generated, and the brushwood commenced to blaze away at a lively rate.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment Arthur M. Winfield
  • It is a nest of greenery in the midst of a tangle of brushwood.

  • The "portages" are so concealed by a luxuriant growth of grass and brushwood that they readily escape observation.

    Cruise of the 'Alert' R. W. Coppinger
  • brushwood was now collected and in a short time a number of fires were blazing.

  • About a quarter of a mile was covered when they heard a crashing in the brushwood not far ahead of them.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • The fact is, I don't see how they could go any other,—the brushwood is so thick.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • Even the brushwood is a fruit tree, namely, the guava, which from its abundance is as noxious as a weed.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • There was a rustling among the brushwood fringing the river.

    Marriage la mode Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for brushwood


cut or broken-off tree branches, twigs, etc
another word for brush2 (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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