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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 Redwoods League now plans to spend another $4.75 million on ecosystem studies and restoration work, including clearing dense stands of trees and underbrush. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "California’s largest private giant sequoia stand saved from development," 8 Jan. 2020 The company commander sent a platoon into the underbrush to look for the sniper, but the sniper had left. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Ward Just, Washington Post reporter and acclaimed political novelist, dies at 84," 20 Dec. 2019 Fresh snow lined the mountaintops and the rising sun sparkled through the low underbrush lining the trail. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "The comfort of routine or the challenge of change? Sometimes you can have both," 9 Nov. 2019 State police began a search, and Stefanides, hovering overhead, spotted Longenecker in the underbrush. Washington Post, "Suit: Pilot tried to warn before dozer killed pot suspect," 13 Dec. 2019 Work crews soon will begin trimming trees and clearing underbrush at Bird Island, a haven for about 1,000 cattle egrets at Elmendorf Lake, to help prevent a potentially catastrophic bird strike involving military aircraft. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Egrets on San Antonio’s Bird Island to face shock and awe," 2 Dec. 2019 Deep in the dark North Carolina woods, a small white light flickers in the heavy underbrush. Fox News, "Changes to grueling Special Forces course draw scrutiny, there’s ‘balancing act’," 14 Oct. 2019 If there are no fires, the underbrush and trees grow to fuel even bigger wildfires. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smokey Bear's first costume was made in Mercer, and the head is still on display there," 13 Apr. 2019 Once the birds’ current nests are empty — which USDA wildlife authorities estimate will be in October — officials will work to clear underbrush and canopies through late October. Ashley Mcbride, ExpressNews.com, "F-16 Fighting Falcon strikes bird on approach to Lackland," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

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“Underbrush.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underbrush. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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