deadfall

noun
dead·fall | \ -ˌfȯl \

Definition of deadfall 

1 : a trap so constructed that a weight (such as a heavy log) falls on an animal and kills or disables it

2 : a tangled mass of fallen trees and branches

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Because there are no trails, researchers often have to bushwhack for miles in search of nests, wading up knee-deep streams or descending knife-edge slopes spongy with deadfall and slippery with mud. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "Should Some Species Be Allowed to Die Out?," 13 Mar. 2018 Keep in mind, the terrain moose are normally taken in is muskeg, a soggy surface that can make walking as if through deep mud. Rarely is the terrain level and without deadfalls and brush to negotiate. Steve Meyer, Alaska Dispatch News, "You’ve shot your moose. Are you strong enough to pack it out?," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of deadfall

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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