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[uhn-der-bruhsh] /ˈʌn dərˌbrʌʃ/
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)
Origin of underbrush
1765-75, Americanism; under- + brush2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ay, go you round through the underbrush and leave me to tell her.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • With difficulty they had saved the chest and dragged it after them into the mazes of the underbrush.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Then it came again, that feel of something coursing behind the underbrush in the gloom of the gathering darkness.

  • He saw before him rough ground, thickly sown with underbrush.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Beyond them here and there only he saw patches of crouching gray in the underbrush or crawling through the marshes.

    The Victim Thomas Dixon
  • He whined pleadingly, and scurried playfully in and out of the underbrush.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The men in advance now attacked the underbrush at the edge of the forest.

  • The underbrush closed after them and they were hidden from sight.

  • The water was cold, and made an ominous swishing and gurgling among the underbrush that leaned into the margin of the river.

    The Boy Settlers Noah Brooks
  • Half a minute later he heard a crash of underbrush behind him.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for underbrush


(mainly US & Canadian) undergrowth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for underbrush

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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