a trap, especially for large game, in which a weight falls on and crushes the prey.
a mass of brush and fallen trees.

1605–15; dead + fall Unabridged
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deadfall (ˈdɛdˌfɔːl)
Also called: downfall a type of trap, used esp for catching large animals, in which a heavy weight falls to crush the prey

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Example sentences
Forests might be strewn with deadfall or thickets of stunted trees.
Gators, snakes and turtles sun themselves on deadfall and low branches, while
  fox squirrel and monkeys play in trees.
Studies have shown that larger deadfall last in the lake for hundreds of years.
Deadfall trees are not cut out of the trails unless going around them will
  cause unacceptable environmental impacts.
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