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undergrowth

[uhn-der-grohth] /ˈʌn dərˌgroʊθ/
noun
1.
low-lying vegetation or small trees growing beneath larger trees; underbrush.
2.
the condition of being undergrown or undersized.
3.
short, fine hair underlying longer, outer wool or fur.
Origin of undergrowth
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; under- + growth
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undergrowth

/ˈʌndəˌɡrəʊθ/
noun
1.
small trees, bushes, ferns, etc, growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
2.
the condition of being undergrown
3.
a growth of short fine hairs beneath longer ones; underfur
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Word Origin and History for undergrowth
n.

c.1600, from under + growth.

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