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un·der·wood

 (ŭn′dər-wo͝od′)
n.
The underbrush or understory of a forest.

underwood

(ˈʌndəˌwʊd)
n
(Forestry) a less common word for undergrowth

Underwood

(ˈʌndəˌwʊd)
n
(Biography) Rory. born 1963, English Rugby Union player: played 85 internationals (1984–96) and scored 49 tries (an England record)

un•der•wood

(ˈʌn dərˌwʊd)

n.
woody shrubs or small trees growing among taller trees.
[1275–1325]
un′der•wood`ed, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underwood - the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forestunderwood - 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
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The Eagle built her nest in the branches of a tall tree, while the Fox crept into the underwood and there produced her young.
It was a beautiful evening; the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath, and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches.
Yes," said Holmes; "by John Underwood and Sons, 129, Camberwell Road.
Right below it there was an exceedingly small hollow of green turf, hidden by banks and a thick underwood about knee- deep, that grew there very plentifully; and in the centre of the dell, sure enough, a little tent of goat- skins, like what the gipsies carry about with them in England.
It seemed to me a long time before I was once more set upon my feet by the elephant, and I stood as if in a dream watching the herd, which turned and trampled off in another direction, and were soon hidden in the dense underwood.
Just as he had attained the upper end of the lane, where the underwood was thickest, four men sprung upon him, even as his fears anticipated, two from each side of the road, and seized him so fast, that resistance, if at first practicable, would have been now too late.
When he had cut down all the trees and burned the underwood, the stumps still remained.
Here and there a tawny brook prattled out from among the underwood and lost itself again in the ferns and brambles upon the further side.
In fact, we must not dissemble that the oscillation of the tall trees and the reflection of the moon in the dark underwood gave him serious uneasiness.
Even as you may see in coppice woods; if you leave your staddles too thick, you shall never have clean underwood, but shrubs and bushes.
Accordingly I hid myself in some thick underwood, determining to devote the ensuing hours to reflection on my situation.
It was not a grove with measured grass or rolled gravel for you to tread upon, but with narrow, hollow- shaped, earthy paths, edged with faint dashes of delicate moss-- paths which look as if they were made by the free will of the trees and underwood, moving reverently aside to look at the tall queen of the white-footed nymphs.