underbrush

Part of speech: noun

Small trees and shrubs growing beneath the large trees of a forest; brushwood.

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Usage examples "underbrush":

  1. The bright red shirts of the enemy were visible before him amongst the dry underbrush, and before he knew what he was about he saw that he had run a Garibaldian through the calf of the leg. - "Sant' Ilario", F. Marion Crawford.
  2. This she was able to do without much difficulty, for though the trees grew thick, there was no underbrush, but she was able to walk along without any very great trouble. - "The Living Link", James De Mille.
  3. The underbrush was very thick, and if a portage was to be made on that side the road would have to be cut almost the entire distance. - "The Boy With the U. S. Survey", Francis Rolt-Wheeler.