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Small trees or shrubs growing beneath the taller trees in a forest, especially when thick or tangled.


(ˈʌndəˌbrʌʃ) or


(Forestry) chiefly US and Canadian undergrowth


(ˈʌn dərˌbrʌʃ)

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


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


[ˈʌndərbrʌʃ] n (US)sous-bois mpl
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The use of their pocket electric lights was a great help, and possibly served to ward off the attacks of jungle beasts, for as they tramped along they could hear stealthy sounds in the underbush on either side of the path, as though tigers were stalking them.
Letting the eyes follow along the course of the stream, they could catch the reflected light from its water, at some short distance within the forest, but soon lost all traces of it amid the bewilderment of tree-trunks and underbush, and here and there a huge rock covered over with gray lichens.
As he broke his way through the underbush, trying, as he did so, to wrest a spear from a young chief, the shouts of battle all of a sudden ceased, and the wood was as still as death.