un·​der·​growth | \ ˈən-dər-ˌgrōth How to pronounce undergrowth (audio) \

Definition of undergrowth

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

Examples of undergrowth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The undergrowth is shorter, and the goats have nibbled away the leaves on the bottom branches of the buckthorn trees. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A herd of 40 goats is helping clean up Madison's overgrown neighborhood parks," 9 June 2020 Huge coconut crabs scuttle through the undergrowth. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Remote Solomon Islands Are a Diver's Paradise in the South Pacific," 22 May 2020 One day in October 2015, a forest surveyor working in an area of dense woodland near Mount Redington in Maine came across a collapsed tent hidden in the undergrowth. Michael Bond, Wired, "Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost," 13 May 2020 Woodrats build giant nests by dragging thousands of sticks across yards of dense undergrowth. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, "Can We Save the Woodrat without Slaughtering Cats?," 29 Mar. 2020 Aboriginal techniques are based in part on fire prevention: ridding the land of fuel, like debris, scrub, undergrowth and certain grasses. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Australia's indigenous people have a solution for the country's bushfires. And it's been around for 50,000 years," 12 Jan. 2020 As the father looked for the rattlesnake, McCants allegedly shoved him off the cliff, sending him tumbling into dense brush and undergrowth, Fox 7 reported. Fox News, "Texas man accused of shoving 78-year-old father off cliff," 11 Mar. 2020 Others want better equipment and more help with preventive burning of undergrowth, along with tougher building standards, and maybe even a carbon tax that would raise money to bolster firefighting and reconstruction. New York Times, "Australia’s Volunteer Firefighters Are Heroes. But Are They Enough?," 2 Feb. 2020 The resulting loss of undergrowth meant less fuel was available for ignition by the more intense blaze of January 3, and the site was spared. National Geographic, "60 hours on burning Kangaroo Island," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of undergrowth

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Undergrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergrowth. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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un·​der·​growth | \ ˈən-dər-ˌgrōth How to pronounce undergrowth (audio) \

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

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