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understory

[uhn-der-stawr-ee, -stohr-ee] /ˈʌn dərˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i/
noun
1.
the shrubs and plants growing beneath the main canopy of a forest.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; under- + story2
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understory

n.

in reference to forest vegetation, also under-story, 1902, from under + story (n.).

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