[ uhn-der-grohth ]
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  1. low-lying vegetation or small trees growing beneath larger trees; underbrush.

  2. the condition of being undergrown or undersized.

  1. short, fine hair underlying longer, outer wool or fur.

Origin of undergrowth

First recorded in 1590–1600; under- + growth

Words Nearby undergrowth

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How to use undergrowth in a sentence

  • Then all this stopped and on the wet undergrowth again there was a movement like the zig-zag stripe of the tiger's skin.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • I could feel in the distance the shiver of the undergrowth of grass and saplings indicating the way the animals had passed.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • At the end of ten minutes, leaving the undergrowth, David ran across a prairie which ended with the bluff of the river.

British Dictionary definitions for undergrowth


/ (ˈʌndəˌɡrəʊθ) /

  1. small trees, bushes, ferns, etc, growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest

  2. the condition of being undergrown

  1. a growth of short fine hairs beneath longer ones; underfur

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