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underbrush

[uhn-der-bruhsh] /ˈʌn dərˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
shrubs, saplings, low vines, etc., growing under the large trees in a wood or forest.
Also, underbush
[uhn-der-boo sh] /ˈʌn dərˌbʊʃ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism; under- + brush2
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Examples for underbrush
  • Normal winter snows and cooler temperatures keep trees and underbrush damp enough that fires don't get too big.
  • Speedy was stomping through the mud, hurling paper into the underbrush.
  • Most were subsequently found alive after having become hopelessly lost in dense underbrush and rugged volcanic terrain.
  • So the underbrush thickens until the flytraps are smothered.
  • They drive on dark roads and then get out of the car and stumble uphill through the underbrush.
  • The burning clears the underbrush so people can get at the acorns more easily.
  • Inside the hotel was a sort of underbrush, a swampy footing for the irregular.
  • Logging companies say they need continued access to national forests in order to thin underbrush, supposedly to reduce fire risk.
  • But the timber industry has no interest in underbrush.
  • The scene was thick with cedar trees and underbrush, typical of regenerated farmland.
British Dictionary definitions for underbrush

underbrush

/ˈʌndəˌbrʌʃ/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) undergrowth
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Word Origin and History for underbrush
n.

"shrub and small trees in a forest," 1775, from under + brush (n.2). Originally American English; cf. undergrowth, attested in the same sense from 1600.

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