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un·der·brush

 (ŭn′dər-brŭsh′)
n.
Small trees or shrubs growing beneath the taller trees in a forest, especially when thick or tangled.

underbrush

(ˈʌndəˌbrʌʃ) or

underbush

n
(Forestry) chiefly US and Canadian undergrowth

un•der•brush

(ˈʌn dərˌbrʌʃ)

n.
shrubs, saplings, low vines, etc., growing under the large trees in a wood or forest.
[1765–75, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underbrush - the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forestunderbrush - the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
brush, coppice, copse, thicket, brushwood - a dense growth of bushes
forest, woods, wood - the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
ground cover, groundcover - small plants other than saplings growing on a forest floor
Translations

underbrush

[ˈʌndəbrʌʃ] N (US) → maleza f, monte m bajo

underbrush

[ˈʌndərbrʌʃ] n (US)sous-bois mpl
References in classic literature ?
Now and again we could hear the crashing of heavy bodies in the thickets and underbrush, and from the darkness of the other side, across the circle, we could see eyes gleaming in the firelight.
But here the country seemed wilder than ever, and after a long and tiresome walk through the underbrush they entered another forest, where the trees were bigger and older than any they had ever seen.
On every side he groped against trees and branches, or blundered into thickets of underbrush, until there seemed no way out.
The two squatted on the beach at the edge of the jungle a short distance above the point at which Sing had been about to emerge when he discovered them, so that it was but the work of a moment or two for the Chinaman to creep stealthily through the dense underbrush to a point directly above them and not three yards from where they conversed in low tones--yet sufficiently loud that Sing missed not a word.
Ned, tho had a side view into the underbrush, gave a sudden cry.
Grown careless from months of continued safety, during which time he had seen no dangerous animals during the daylight hours, he had left his rifles and revolvers all within the little cabin, and now that he saw the great ape crashing through the underbrush directly toward him, and from a direction which practically cut him off from escape, he felt a vague little shiver play up and down his spine.
To add further to their gloom, their way led through a dense forest, where, on account of the underbrush, it was difficult to make even a mile an hour.
What with the underbrush and the low branches and all that, you know, it's not exactly cut out for pleasure riding.
The woods were very thick here, yet fairly clear of underbrush, so that, while the blue sky was screened by the arched branches, he was able to ride beneath.
Gun in hand, he plunged into the underbrush that lined the side of the trail.
They tramped gayly along, over decaying logs, through tangled underbrush, among solemn monarchs of the forest, hung from their crowns to the ground with a drooping regalia of grape-vines.
Doubling in and out among the underbrush and heather with the agility of a hare, he soon came out of the wood in the rear of the cottage, and thrust his head through a tiny window.