undergrowth

[ uhn-der-grohth ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌgroʊθ /

noun

low-lying vegetation or small trees growing beneath larger trees; underbrush.
the condition of being undergrown or undersized.
short, fine hair underlying longer, outer wool or fur.

Origin of undergrowth

First recorded in 1590–1600; under- + growth
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undergrowth

/ (ˈʌndəˌɡrəʊθ) /

noun

small trees, bushes, ferns, etc, growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
the condition of being undergrown
a growth of short fine hairs beneath longer ones; underfur
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Word Origin and History for undergrowth

undergrowth


n.

c.1600, from under + growth.

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