- the shrubs and plants growing beneath the main canopy of a forest.
Origin of understory
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Examples from the Web for understory
This species was seen only in the understory of primary forest.
A dense growth of coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) forms the understory just below the crest of the hill.
It seemed to prefer secondary forest that had some undergrowth and was invariably flushed from the understory.
This babbler inhabits the understory of primary forest, and occasionally is seen in secondary forest scrub.
Understory thickets sprang up throughout most of the woodland, and especially in edge situations.
Word Origin and History for understory
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