undergrowth

noun
un·​der·​growth | \ˈən-dər-ˌgrōth \

Definition of undergrowth 

: low growth on the floor of a forest including seedlings and saplings, shrubs, and herbs

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It was choked with undergrowth and invasive plants. Atlanta Life, ajc, "The local legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted," 10 Mar. 2018 Their goats were crucial to the family’s survival, because they had eaten and trampled down the undergrowth that surrounded their home, starving the flames. Washington Post, "Send in the goats: Portugal goes low-tech to beat wildfires," 14 June 2018 Their goats were crucial to the family's survival, because they had eaten and trampled down the undergrowth that surrounded their home, starving the flames. Barry Hatton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Portugal races to protect its citizens against wildfires – with goats," 13 June 2018 This can prevent native undergrowth from taking hold and leads to more unstable soil that erodes more easily during winter. National Geographic, "What Is Hogweed, the Invading Plant That Burns and Blinds?," 19 June 2018 Unaware that time is short, more than 200 brown-and-white goats slowly munch their way through the thick undergrowth that covers the hills of southern Portugal. Barry Hatton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Portugal races to protect its citizens against wildfires – with goats," 13 June 2018 Police found the body of the girl buried among thick undergrowth near a single-track railway line. Timothy Jones, USA TODAY, "Iraqi refugee suspected in murder of 14-year-old girl leaves Germany, police say," 7 June 2018 The land also had several years worth of pine straw, small limbs and undergrowth piled up around the trees. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Controlled burns helping restore longleaf pine ecosystem in Alabama," 17 Mar. 2018 The wood, with its tangled undergrowth and hidden German machine gun nests, was the stuff of nightmares. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Memorial Day 2018: Remembering two peace-loving Oregon boys who died in France," 28 May 2018

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1600, in the meaning defined above

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undergrowth

noun
un·​der·​growth | \ˈən-dər-ˌgrōth \

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: low growth on the floor of a forest that includes shrubs, herbs, and saplings

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