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brushwood

[bruhsh-woo d] /ˈbrʌʃˌwʊd/
noun
1.
the wood of branches that have been cut or broken off.
2.
a pile or covering of such branches.
3.
a growth or thicket of densely growing small trees and shrubs.
Origin of brushwood
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; brush2 + wood1
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  • But Felicien had gone a shorter way through the brambles and brushwood.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • We had almost reached the fortress, and only the brushwood concealed it from view.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Here is our peasant with his overshadowing load of brushwood.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • It is a nest of greenery in the midst of a tangle of brushwood.

  • Except for being free from the brushwood, we might almost be where we started.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • To the left was a tiny stream, beyond it a ragged bank topped by brushwood.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • They laid him on the ground beneath the pines and they fired the brushwood for a light.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • A circle of brushwood is then lighted, in the centre of which is set the pie.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • brushwood was now collected and in a short time a number of fires were blazing.

  • The fact is, I don't see how they could go any other,—the brushwood is so thick.

    The Rover Boys in the Air

    Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for brushwood

brushwood

/ˈbrʌʃˌwʊd/
noun
1.
cut or broken-off tree branches, twigs, etc
2.
another word for brush2 (sense 1)
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