undergrowth

noun
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

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There was a good deal of yelling and crashing around in the undergrowth, and then the two climbed back into the tree. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 There were hundreds of people around her, struggling through the undergrowth, all fleeing from their villages towards the banks of the river Naf, the border with Bangladesh. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 These are sub-tropical forests with thick undergrowth. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 The sign was forgotten in the years after the war and hidden by shrubs and undergrowth. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Wildfire Reveals WWII-Era Landmark in Ireland," 6 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of undergrowth

1600, in the meaning defined above

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undergrowth

noun
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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