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underwood

[uhn-der-woo d] /ˈʌn dərˌwʊd/
noun
1.
woody shrubs or small trees growing among taller trees.
2.
a clump or stretch of such growth.
Origin of underwood
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English underwode. See under-, wood1
Related forms
underwooded, adjective
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  • He jumped furiously, dashed through the underwood, and broke down whole groves of saplings in his flight.

    The Indian Fairy Book Cornelius Mathews
  • There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a jungle, close about the door.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • Felix was glad he did not say he could not ride—a degeneracy in an underwood that plainly had not occurred to the Squire.

  • The roads were mud, the wild tangles of underwood held water like a sponge.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He bounded into the underwood like a wounded wolf-cub, turning round as it flies to show its tusks and bloodshot eyes.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for underwood

underwood

/ˈʌndəˌwʊd/
noun
1.
a less common word for undergrowth

Underwood

/ˈʌndəˌwʊd/
noun
1.
Rory. born 1963, English Rugby Union player: played 85 times for England (1984–96) and scored 49 tries (an England record)
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