\ˈbu̇-shē \
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 \ adverb
bushiness \ˈbu̇-shē-nəs \ noun

Examples of bushy in a Sentence

an animal with a bushy tail

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There was one little guy next to me with bushy hair. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "North Shore's annual 'wade-in' offers a glimpse of Magothy's improving water quality," 11 July 2018 Her makeup is fresh, her iconic brows are bushy, and her hair is a blonde, blunt bob styled in wet-looking waves by Roszak. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Cara Delevingne Wears Blunt Blonde Bob in New Puma Campaign," 16 June 2018 In the second floor of a sweltering warehouse, a pair of heads from Confederate soldier mascot costumes — topped with light gray hats, their wide-eyed cartoon faces sprouting bushy white mustaches — sat encased in clear plastic bags. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 Unlike other salamanders, the mudpuppy is aquatic for the entirety of its life cycle and is easily identified by its external bushy reddish gills visible behind its head. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 The actor also sported bushy sideburns and large circular glasses to complete the transformation. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Shia LaBeouf Celebrates 32nd Birthday: Inside His Biggest Headline-Making Moments," 11 June 2018 His beard is bushier now, with glitter concentrated into a striking gold splat on his chin. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "If serpentwithfeet is the future of music, maybe humanity will win after all," 8 June 2018 My sister soldiered forth with another needlepoint, in the new colors, with a bushy yet barren wisteria in the front. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Attack of the purple ‘bean trees’," 6 June 2018 Chinese dogwood forms a small bushy tree, nearly round or pyramidal in form, reaching a height of 15 to 30 feet depending on its environment. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Evergreen dogwood: Some bark and lots of blooms," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of bushy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bushy was in the 14th century

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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 \
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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