understory

noun un·der·sto·ry \ ˈən-dər-ˌstȯr-ē \

Definition of understory

1 :an underlying layer of vegetation; specifically :the vegetative layer and especially the trees and shrubs between the forest canopy and the ground cover
2 :the plants that form the understory

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1902


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