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ˈʌn dərˌbrʌʃun·der·brush

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. underbrush, undergrowth, underwoodnoun

    the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest


  1. underbrushnoun

    The small trees and other plants that clutter the floor of a forest.


  1. underbrush

    In forestry and ecology, understory (American English), or understorey (Commonwealth English), also known as underbrush or undergrowth, includes plant life growing beneath the forest canopy without penetrating it to any great extent, but above the forest floor. Only a small percentage of light penetrates the canopy so understory vegetation is generally shade-tolerant. The understory typically consists of trees stunted through lack of light, other small trees with low light requirements, saplings, shrubs, vines and undergrowth. Small trees such as holly and dogwood are understory specialists. In temperate deciduous forests, many understory plants start into growth earlier in the year than the canopy trees, to make use of the greater availability of light at that particular time of year. A gap in the canopy caused by the death of a tree stimulates the potential emergent trees into competitive growth as they grow upwards to fill the gap. These trees tend to have straight trunks and few lower branches. At the same time, the bushes, undergrowth, and plant life on the forest floor become denser. The understory experiences greater humidity than the canopy, and the shaded ground does not vary in temperature as much as open ground. This causes a proliferation of ferns, mosses, and fungi and encourages nutrient recycling, which provides favorable habitats for many animals and plants.


  1. underbrush

    Underbrush refers to small trees, shrubs, bushes, and other plants growing beneath the canopy of a forest. It is the lower layer of vegetation, often dense and tangled, making it difficult to navigate through. Underbrush plays a crucial role in an ecosystem by providing shelter and food for a variety of wildlife.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underbrushnoun

    shrubs, small trees, and the like, in a wood or forest, growing beneath large trees; undergrowth

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Underbrush

    un′dėr-brush, n. brushwood or shrubs in a forest growing beneath large trees: undergrowth.—v.t. to clear away such—also Un′derbush.—vs.i. Un′derbrush, Un′derbush, to work amongst underbrush.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underbrush in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underbrush in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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  1. Michael Thurmond:

    They confiscated booby traps, boards with nails that were hidden by leaves and underbrush. You could kill a small child or a pet with those.

  2. Jeremiah Osuna:

    It sounded like if you were to put a bunch of rocks into a dryer and turn it on as high as you could, you could just smell sulfur and burning trees and underbrush and stuff.

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