[uhn-der-stawr-ee, -stohr-ee]


the shrubs and plants growing beneath the main canopy of a forest.

Origin of understory

First recorded in 1900–05; under- + story2
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Word Origin and History for understory

in reference to forest vegetation, also under-story, 1902, from under + story (n.).

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