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[uhn-der-woo d] /ˈʌn dərˌwʊd/
woody shrubs or small trees growing among taller trees.
a clump or stretch of such growth.
Origin of underwood
First recorded in 1275-1325, underwood is from the Middle English word underwode. See under-, wood1
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underwooded, adjective Unabridged
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  • He jumped furiously, dashed through the underwood, and broke down whole groves of saplings in his flight.

    The Indian Fairy Book Cornelius Mathews
  • As there was no longer any underwood, I had a full view of their bodies.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Felix was glad he did not say he could not ride—a degeneracy in an underwood that plainly had not occurred to the Squire.

  • In vain they had carefully beaten the underwood, and swept the horizon all around them.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • He bounded into the underwood like a wounded wolf-cub, turning round as it flies to show its tusks and bloodshot eyes.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for underwood


a less common word for undergrowth


Rory. born 1963, English Rugby Union player: played 85 times for England (1984–96) and scored 49 tries (an England record)
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