One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounusually the bushline
The altitude above which indigenous forest does not grow.‘above the bushline you will enjoy wonderful views of the lake’
- ‘It would be a brilliant and speedy mountain running track - the terrain, though above the bushline, is fairly benign.’
- ‘An hour of slow trudging gets me through the bush and to the bushline.’
- ‘We're squinting at the encroaching bushline with a combination of quease and comfort.’
- ‘The forestry sector must take full responsibility for putting in place systems, process and behaviours which prevent dangerous situations occurring at the bushline.’
- ‘Rock wrens, as their name suggests, mostly exist in rocky and craggy areas high above the bushline.’
- ‘After nearly three hours my friend and I sat above the bushline, half an hour from the summit, the strongest of winds roaring round us.’
- ‘An easy 6km warm-up along the lake shore from the Control Gates on Lake Te Anau is followed by a steady 8.2km climb through native beech forest to the bushline and on to Luxmore Hut at 1085m.’
- ‘Then out above the bushline into the searing hot sun.’
- ‘Rock wrens are New Zealand's only true alpine birds that live their entire lives above the bushline in sometimes very difficult climactic conditions, where other birds simply wouldn't stand a chance.’
- ‘They must not conduct such activity on that part of the land below the bushline or where there is no defined bush.’
Late 19th century: from bush + line.
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