- 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
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Examples from the Web for undergrowth
The stranger, whoever he was, had darted back in the undergrowth.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
There was a tangle of undergrowth, and a heavy grove of palms.Things as They Are
It has just shot out from that great clump of 163 undergrowth.The Hound From The North
In a moment they were crashing through the undergrowth, Jesse and Andy in the lead.The Vagrant Duke
He held back the undergrowth again and peered into the depths.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
- 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
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Word Origin and History for undergrowth
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