un·​der·​brush | \ ˈən-dər-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce underbrush (audio) \

Definition of underbrush

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 The clearing of underbrush allows more room for secretive marsh fowl like moorhens to maneuver around, taking cover from predators and nesting. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "The end of a year of fire at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge," 7 Jan. 2021 Archie loves the underbrush, the bramblier the better. John Kelly, Washington Post, "More dog tales: We’re learning the quirks of Archie the rescue," 8 Nov. 2020 Logging doesn’t eliminate the underbrush, twigs and tree needles that fire feeds on. The Cutting, ProPublica, "Despite What the Logging Industry Says, Cutting Down Trees Isn’t Stopping Catastrophic Wildfires," 31 Oct. 2020 Dragging yellow fire hose, the three men struggled over, around, but mostly through tangles of underbrush. Stuart Palley, National Geographic, "Witness California's record blazes through the eyes of frontline firefighters," 16 Sep. 2020 Tripoli said they were surrounded by burning underbrush, vegetation and trees. oregonlive, "Gates couple took refuge in river as a wildfire consumed their home," 11 Sep. 2020 The 274-square-mile fire had already burned down at least 60 of his neighbor's homes, and Slocum watched anxiously as smoke poured off the hillside and bright orange flames licked at the underbrush. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'Worst-case scenario': On the front lines of the California wildfires, residents stunned by fast-moving blazes," 11 Sep. 2020 But scurrying through the underbrush, smaller reptilian relatives were starting to forge a new way of life. Riley Black, National Geographic, "How the world's deadliest mass extinction actually helped the rise of dinosaurs," 11 Sep. 2020 In addition, underbrush and foliage is thickest at this time. Greg Miller, Outdoor Life, "The 5 Best Ways to Scout a Mature Buck," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of underbrush

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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23 Jan 2021

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“Underbrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underbrush. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underbrush

chiefly US : plants, bushes, and small trees growing under larger trees in a forest


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Kids Definition of underbrush

: shrubs and small trees growing among large trees

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