underbrush

noun
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.

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Now, the unlikely coalition is pushing new programs to thin out forests and clear underbrush. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging," 17 Nov. 2018 What followed was decades of aggressive fire suppression leaving forests without the naturally occuring burns that cleared out dry fuels and underbrush. Kate Wiliams, The Seattle Times, "Controlled burns in OR: Can more fires create less smoke?," 15 Oct. 2018 Blazes clear out underbrush, restore nutrients to the soil, and help some plants germinate. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California has 129 million dead trees. That’s a huge wildfire risk.," 1 Sep. 2018 Paths through the thick Springer’s Point underbrush also lead to a covered well where old-time mariners went for hard-to-find fresh water. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 Controlled burns are used as a tool to manage forests, which includes burning away underbrush to lessen the danger of future wildfires. Gary Fineout, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida officials say controlled burn sparked fire that destroyed 36 homes," 27 June 2018 While hunting, McGuire and his clients often spend hours scanning hillsides with binoculars, hoping to spot pigs moving through the underbrush or resting under oak trees. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier," 25 June 2018 After months of trudging through swamps and dense underbrush, grappling with misleading claims—to say nothing of ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy—the author might be forgiven his confusion. A. Roger Ekirch, WSJ, "‘The Secret Token’ Review: America’s First Unsolved Mystery," 17 June 2018 The other major problem is that a century of fire suppression has loaded American forests with dense underbrush that stokes more intense fires. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "It's So Dry, Forests Across the Southwest Are Closing," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of underbrush

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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underbrush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of underbrush

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

underbrush

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

Kids Definition of underbrush

: shrubs and small trees growing among large trees

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