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underbrush

[uhn-der-bruhsh]
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noun
  1. 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

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; under- + brush2
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Examples from the Web for underbrush

Historical Examples

  • Some of our men were firing their guns at random into the underbrush.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • 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.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He whined pleadingly, and scurried playfully in and out of the underbrush.

    White Fang

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for underbrush

underbrush

underbush

noun
  1. mainly US and Canadian undergrowth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for underbrush

n.

"shrub and small trees in a forest," 1775, from under + brush (n.2). Originally American English; cf. undergrowth, attested in the same sense from 1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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