underbrush

noun

un·​der·​brush ˈən-dər-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce underbrush (audio)
1
: shrubs, bushes, or small trees growing beneath large trees in a wood or forest : brush
2
: a tangled, obstructing, or impeding mass

Examples of underbrush in a Sentence

We made our way through the thick underbrush.
Recent Examples on the Web Dens can be a steep bank, rock crevices, sinkholes or underbrush, according to the Forest Service. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 At dawn, the participants scraped the underbrush to remove all traces of their presence. Will Higginbotham Marlena Sloss, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Many scents stick out in my mind and are part of my life, such as my childhood garden in Normandy and the Corsican underbrush, which gave me my first olfactory shock. Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 The goats are being housed at the Crystal Canyon Natural Area to clear invasive plants and underbrush from the area. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Feb. 2024 Goats like Wynonna are an environmentally sustainable way to get rid of underbrush and turn it into fertilizer. Candi Bolden, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 Feb. 2024 The joke sprang from the underbrush, inadvertently poignant. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Story continues below advertisement Its brittle underbrush has fueled vicious forest fires. Ruby Mellen, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 Invader rummaged in the underbrush, trying to find a pair of polypropylene supermarket totes, filled with supplies, that Mr. Blue had tossed out of the van on an earlier run past the site. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underbrush was in 1775

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“Underbrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underbrush. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

underbrush

noun
un·​der·​brush ˈən-dər-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce underbrush (audio)
: shrubs and small trees growing among large trees : undergrowth

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