undergrowth

noun

un·​der·​growth ˈən-dər-ˌgrōth How to pronounce undergrowth (audio)
: 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 There was a lingering smell of smoke from the traditional Indigenous land management practice of burning native savanna early in the dry season using small fires, lit in mosaic patterns to avoid the buildup of highly flammable undergrowth. Drew Kluska, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 North Sentinel Island is roughly twenty square miles, a hilly landscape featuring huge trees of tropical hardwood that create a parklike environment, their shade discouraging dense undergrowth. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024 The primal allure of the Amazon calls out to humanity, its ancient rhythms reverberating through the dense canopies and lush undergrowth. Gen Cleary, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2023 Resembling snakes and and residing underground or in the undergrowth, these dragons reflected the real threats that lurked in the ancient wilderness. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2023 History is part of the undergrowth in Tinam Valk’s dreamlike paintings. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 There, crouched among the undergrowth, was Honey, a border guard turned infantry soldier, and his comrade. Thomas Gibbons-Neff, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2023 Warrens of trenches run through the woods, while armored vehicles and rocket launchers are tucked away in the undergrowth. Kamila Hrabchuk, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 Its hot, dry, windy summers combined with native pine forests and combustible undergrowth create the ideal environment for blazes to grow out of control. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undergrowth was in 1600

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“Undergrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergrowth. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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undergrowth

noun
un·​der·​growth ˈən-dər-ˌgrōth How to pronounce undergrowth (audio)
: low growth on the floor of a forest including seedlings and saplings, shrubs, and herbs

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