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undergrown

[uhn-der-grohn, uhn-der-grohn] /ˈʌn dərˌgroʊn, ˌʌn dərˈgroʊn/
adjective
1.
not grown to normal size or height:
sickly and undergrown cattle.
2.
having an undergrowth:
an undergrown thicket tangled with creeping vines.
Origin of undergrown
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at under-, grown
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Examples from the Web for undergrown
Historical Examples
  • The banks were thickly covered with great trees, undergrown with brush.

  • The wretched, undergrown youngsters seen in European circuses give no idea of the real size of this noble beast.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • As I recall his personality, he was an undergrown youth of sallow complexion and uncertain age.

    Under the Stars and Bars Walter A. Clark
  • All at once Huggins caught sight of an undergrown, misshapen boy scowling from the back of the men and women.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • It was kind of a big head, bald big head, looked like Khrushchev, the child—looked like an undergrown Khrushchev.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for undergrown

undergrown

/ˈʌndəˌɡrəʊn; ˌʌndəˈɡrəʊn/
adjective
1.
not having the expected height
2.
having undergrowth
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