\ ˈbu̇-shē How to pronounce bushy (audio) \
bushier; bushiest

Definition of bushy

1 : full of or overgrown with bushes
2 : resembling a bush especially : being thick and spreading

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Other Words from bushy

bushily \ ˈbu̇-​shə-​lē How to pronounce bushily (audio) \ adverb
bushiness \ ˈbu̇-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce bushiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of bushy in a Sentence

an animal with a bushy tail
Recent Examples on the Web Mathews, who appeared in court Thursday with a bushy beard, was a combat engineer in the Canadian Army Reserve. Time, "FBI Arrests 3 Men Linked to Violent White Supremacist Group Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally," 17 Jan. 2020 Having returned from India as a bushy-bearded, barefoot, white-robed guru, Ram Dass, who was born Richard Alpert, became a peripatetic lecturer on New Age possibilities and a popular author of more than a dozen inspirational books. Douglas Martin, New York Times, "Baba Ram Dass, Proponent of LSD Turned New Age Guru, Dies at 88," 23 Dec. 2019 The chances of spotting the short-tailed, bushy-bearded feline in the Iberian scrublands, where lynx have roamed for millennia, were as good as finding a needle in a haystack. Helena Amante, Smithsonian, "How the Iberian Lynx Bounced Back From the Brink of Extinction," 8 Oct. 2019 The bushy-bearded Harvard graduate became a punch line: There was no better quarterback, critics said, to oversee a team in need of tanking. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "For Ravens defense, the road back to No. 1 ranking will start vs. a journeyman: Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick," 3 Sep. 2019 Ladder stands can make deer hunting easier, especially when all that is available are crooked or bushy trees that don’t accommodate climbing or platform stands. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Questions To Ask Before You Buy Your Next Ladder Stand," 3 Dec. 2019 Homeless people have pitched tents in encampments on bridges and underpasses, in bushy canyons, riverbeds, railroad sidings or simply in front of businesses. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "The homeless are fed and embraced across the country at Thanksgiving. The rest of the year? Cities are pushing back," 28 Nov. 2019 The limbs should be full, bushy, symmetrical and strong enough to support your ornaments. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Everything you need to know about buying and taking care of a cut Christmas tree," 26 Nov. 2019 The grass here looks good enough to eat—and indeed there are bushy, red Salers cattle masticating everywhere. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Auvergne’s Natural Wineries and Charming Bistros," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bushy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bushy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushiness. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bushy

: very thick and full
of a plant : having a lot of branches and leaves


\ ˈbu̇-shē How to pronounce bushy (audio) \
bushier; bushiest

Kids Definition of bushy

1 : being thick and spreading a bushy beard a bushy tail
2 : overgrown with bushes a bushy yard

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