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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The color-scapes help: wide tableaus of stark white punctuated with red gore and green undergrowth, barely holding on; endless red dunes. Wired, "Gears 5: A War Game That Really Deals with War Trauma," 5 Sep. 2019 The prescribed burn, a low-intensity, closely managed fire, was intended to clear out undergrowth and protect the heart of Kings Canyon National Park from a future threatening wildfire. Washington Post, "Fighting fire with fire underused in US West despite goals," 12 Aug. 2019 Even the village graveyard, set on the other side of the valley, is slowly receding into an undergrowth of nettles and brambles, grass flowers and cow parsley. New York Times, "And Then There Was One: Three People Lived in This Village Until Two Were Murdered.," 15 July 2019 Thanks to fire-suppression efforts, the surrounding area has eluded blazes for a half-century, leaving heavy undergrowth where flames could easily torch into treetops. AZCentral.com, "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 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

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1600, in the meaning defined above

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

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