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undergrowth

[uhn-der-grohth] /ˈʌn dərˌgroʊθ/
noun
1.
low-lying vegetation or small trees growing beneath larger trees; underbrush.
2.
the condition of being undergrown or undersized.
3.
short, fine hair underlying longer, outer wool or fur.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; under- + growth
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Examples for undergrowth
  • Try not to use plants that develop dead undergrowth.
  • Limit the use of plants that develop dry or dead undergrowth.
  • Herbaceous undergrowth includes a variety of plants.
  • There are violent splashes, followed by the sound of large bodies crashing through the undergrowth.
  • Their collections and notes formed the undergrowth of biological knowledge from which the modern science emerged.
  • There are lush green ferns, complex undergrowth and stunning waterfalls.
  • Even spies could not get near him, on account of the undergrowth and overflowed lands.
  • It crashed past through the undergrowth without turning, and he killed it with a third and last shot.
  • To keep the habitat clear of unwanted trees and undergrowth, they regularly set huge areas on fire.
  • Sniffing the air, she led me through the undergrowth to the flyblown remains of a cow.
British Dictionary definitions for undergrowth

undergrowth

/ˈʌndəˌɡrəʊθ/
noun
1.
small trees, bushes, ferns, etc, growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
2.
the condition of being undergrown
3.
a growth of short fine hairs beneath longer ones; underfur
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Word Origin and History for undergrowth
undergrowth
1600, from under + growth (see grow).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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