underbrush

[ uhn-der-bruhsh ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌbrʌʃ /

noun

shrubs, saplings, low vines, etc., growing under the large trees in a wood or forest.
Also un·der·bush [uhn-der-boo sh] /ˈʌn dərˌbʊʃ/.

Origin of underbrush

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; under- + brush2
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British Dictionary definitions for underbrush

underbrush

underbush

/ (ˈʌndəˌbrʌʃ) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian undergrowth
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Word Origin and History for underbrush

underbrush


n.

"shrub and small trees in a forest," 1775, from under + brush (n.2). Originally American English; cf. undergrowth, attested in the same sense from 1600.

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