brushwood


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brush·wood

 (brŭsh′wo͝od′)
n.
1. Branches that have been cut or broken off.
2.
a. Dense undergrowth.
b. An area covered by such growth.

brushwood

(ˈbrʌʃˌwʊd)
n
1. (Horticulture) cut or broken-off tree branches, twigs, etc
2. (Horticulture) another word for brush21

brush•wood

(ˈbrʌʃˌwʊd)

n.
1. the wood of branches that have been cut or broken off.
2. a pile of such branches.
3. a thicket of bushes or shrubs; brush.
[1630–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brushwood - the wood from bushes or small branches; "they built a fire of brushwood"
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.brushwood - a dense growth of bushesbrushwood - a dense growth of bushes    
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
brake - an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
canebrake - a dense growth of cane (especially giant cane)
spinney - a copse that shelters game
underbrush, undergrowth, underwood - the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
Translations

brushwood

[ˈbrʌʃwʊd] Nmaleza f, monte m bajo; (= faggots) → broza f, leña f menuda

brushwood

[ˈbrʌʃwʊd] nbroussailles fpl, taillis m

brushwood

[ˈbrʌʃˌwʊd] n (undergrowth) → sottobosco; (cuttings) → rami mpl tagliati
References in classic literature ?
From time to time as they advanced they saw strange lean figures scraping and scratching amid the weeds and thistles, who, on sight of the band of horsemen, threw up their arms and dived in among the brushwood, as shy and as swift as wild animals.
The Indians carried first our canoes and then our stores through the brushwood, which is very thick at this point, while we four whites, our rifles on our shoulders, walked between them and any danger coming from the woods.
She skimmed along over the tree-tops until she saw an open place in the middle of the wood, where the trees and brushwood had been cleared.
Then he drove away twelve heifers and a hundred cows never yoked, and the bull who mounted the cows, fastening to the tail of each one brushwood to wipe out the footmarks of the cows.
In the centre of that open space where he had caused the Boers to be fallen upon he had built up a great pyre of wood--brushwood beneath, and on top of the brushwood logs, and even whole trees.
When they had reached the middle of the forest, the father said: 'Now, children, pile up some wood, and I will light a fire that you may not be cold.' Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together, as high as a little hill.
We locked ourselves in, and then took Moreau's mangled body into the yard and laid it upon a pile of brushwood. Then we went into the laboratory and put an end to all we found living there.
Here and there a fisherman's bundle of brushwood would be burning at the water's edge, and sending its light far and wide over the surface.
The brushwood closes behind them, as silently as sand into which a mole has dived.
On this course nine obstacles had been arranged: the stream, a big and solid barrier five feet high, just before the pavilion, a dry ditch, a ditch full of water, a precipitous slope, an Irish barricade (one of the most difficult obstacles, consisting of a mound fenced with brushwood, beyond which was a ditch out of sight for the horses, so that the horse had to clear both obstacles or might be killed); then two more ditches filled with water, and one dry one; and the end of the race was just facing the pavilion.
A broken field of black basaltic lava, thrown into the most rugged waves, and crossed by great fissures, is everywhere covered by stunted, sun-burnt brushwood, which shows little signs of life.
Their way led through a stream whose banks were overgrown with thick brushwood. Just as the horsemen were about to ford the river, a hare, startled by the sound of the horses' hoofs, started up from the grass and ran towards the thicket.