- shrubs, saplings, low vines, etc., growing under the large trees in a wood or forest.
Also un·der·bush [uhn-der-boo sh] /ˈʌn dərˌbʊʃ/.
Origin of underbrush
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Examples from the Web for underbrush
Some of our men were firing their guns at random into the underbrush.In the Valley
With difficulty they had saved the chest and dragged it after them into the mazes of the underbrush.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
He saw before him rough ground, thickly sown with underbrush.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Gun in hand, he plunged into the underbrush that lined the side of the trail.
He whined pleadingly, and scurried playfully in and out of the underbrush.
- mainly US and Canadian undergrowth
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Word Origin and History for underbrush
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