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 Diverse forests are clear-cut, herbicides employed to kill the undergrowth — ferns, berries, herbs — anything that could draw nutrients away from the cash crop. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 For generations, researchers have struggled to follow the elusive predators after the snow melts, when the animals split away from their packs to wander or to hunker down in the thick undergrowth of the northern Minnesota woods. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 Future paleontologists will find a 20-foot-long Plateosaurus animatronic nestled in the trees and realistic dinosaur skeletons waiting in the undergrowth. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Apr. 2021 The electrical, plumbing and heating systems now meet 21st-century standards, and the dead branches and undergrowth that kept the one-level building hidden have been torn out and replaced with appealing gravel and ivy landscaping. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 Avoid walking through dense undergrowth where hogs may be living, especially in the spring when mothers may be protective of their litters. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2021 Johan Hermans, a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered the scruffy little plant, named Gastrodia agnicellus, lurking in the shaded undergrowth of a rainforest in Madagascar, reports Ibrahim Sawal for New Scientist. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2020 It was discovered in the thick undergrowth along the crest of the mountain at the highest elevation surveyed. Eric Niiler, Wired, 14 Dec. 2020 The satyr butterfly, last seen 98 years ago, was rediscovered in the Zongo Valley's undergrowth, caught in a trap containing its food source of rotten fruit. Aaliyah Harris, CNN, 13 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of undergrowth

1600, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2021

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“Undergrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undergrowth. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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