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[uhn-der-grohth] /ˈʌn dərˌgroʊθ/
low-lying vegetation or small trees growing beneath larger trees; underbrush.
the condition of being undergrown or undersized.
short, fine hair underlying longer, outer wool or fur.
Origin of undergrowth
1590-1600; under- + growth Unabridged
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  • The earth here was bare of undergrowth and sloped sharply down into a marshy ravine.

  • It was only at the brow of the ridge, where the undergrowth had choked up the way.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • The undergrowth was swarming with rabbits, and they would make most toothsome food.

    The Young Trailers Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But the undergrowth and timber were heavy, and he could not see far beyond them.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • A dozen warriors marched in a silent file through the undergrowth.

    The Forest Runners Joseph A. Altsheler
  • There was no undergrowth, no weeds, not even any fallen leaves.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • So, when the stranger turned and leapt lightly into the undergrowth that fringed the wood, he humbly tried to follow.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • The "plains" are usually timbered, destitute of undergrowth, and are beautiful.

  • The difficulty of finding bodies is considerable on account of the undergrowth.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
  • We were too late to catch a glimpse of him, but perhaps he would halt in the undergrowth.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for undergrowth


small trees, bushes, ferns, etc, growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
the condition of being undergrown
a growth of short fine hairs beneath longer ones; underfur
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undergrowth

c.1600, from under + growth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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