[bruhsh-woo d]


the wood of branches that have been cut or broken off.
a pile or covering of such branches.
a growth or thicket of densely growing small trees and shrubs.

Origin of brushwood

First recorded in 1630–40; brush2 + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brushwood

Historical Examples of brushwood

  • But Felicien had gone a shorter way through the brambles and brushwood.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • We had almost reached the fortress, and only the brushwood concealed it from view.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • Here is our peasant with his overshadowing load of brushwood.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It is a nest of greenery in the midst of a tangle of brushwood.

  • Except for being free from the brushwood, we might almost be where we started.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

British Dictionary definitions for brushwood



cut or broken-off tree branches, twigs, etc
another word for brush 2 (def. 1)
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