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 Fire crews worked to widen a road that stands between the fire and Los Alamos while clearing out underbrush and treating the area with fire retardant. Cedar Attanasio And Susan Montoya Bryan, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Large eyes with more rod than cone cells allow the night-hunting birds to spot prey rustling in the underbrush, even in dim light. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 Goats prefer to linger in the shade, digging out the woody underbrush of alternative news. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 Alluring savory aromatics include the warm underbrush notes the French call garrigue, along with bay and the variety’s signature florals. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2022 There’s an underbrush of wildness to her work, a sense that something strange is restlessly growing. New York Times, 19 June 2021 The episodes will feature unique finds including a fishing boat that is dragged from 20 years of underbrush to be cleaned out and donated to a woman, who goes fishing with her son. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 7 Nov. 2021 Such treatments include thinning underbrush and debris, and clearing dead branches and trees to reduce potential fuel for blazes. Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 After a few years spent clearing vines, non-native plants, and debris from the forested half of her multi-acre Hudson Valley, New York, property, Beverley Kerzner saw an unexpected underbrush emerging. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Underbrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underbrush. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of underbrush

: shrubs and small trees growing among large trees

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