Definition of undergrowth in English:



  • [mass noun] A dense growth of shrubs and other plants, especially under trees in woodland.

    ‘they cleared a path through the undergrowth’
    • ‘The trees were thicker, the undergrowth denser, but he could follow the tracks well enough.’
    • ‘He was leading through dense undergrowth, and she struggled to keep up with his light-footed steps.’
    • ‘They are usually found in the mossy undergrowth in woods but we've found them right by the roadside.’
    • ‘We clambered over the stile and onto a well-worn path fringed by dry rotting undergrowth.’
    • ‘The event, which takes place twice a year, involves clearing back undergrowth and picking up litter from the area.’
    • ‘This butterfly always flies close to the ground in shady places or among the jungle undergrowth.’
    • ‘She stopped as she came to a small stream meandering through the dense undergrowth.’
    • ‘If we ask for undergrowth to be cut back and litter to be dealt with on a particular path we are as often as not told it is a leisure services responsibility.’
    • ‘Another time I decided to test my new mountain bike by riding it through some thick undergrowth.’
    • ‘He said the big cat was gone in a matter of seconds, but he was left shaken as the animal darted away through trees and undergrowth.’
    • ‘The woods in front of them degenerated into a thick grove of bamboo and undergrowth.’
    • ‘Around two hectares of undergrowth, gorse bushes and an oak tree were destroyed.’
    • ‘The north shores of Loch Maree are rich in oak wood and associated undergrowth and the glens are full of wild flowers.’
    • ‘They were waiting for her by the time she reached the shady green undergrowth of the oak tree.’
    • ‘The ravine would also need to be cleared of undergrowth and trees.’
    • ‘The work will involve removing undergrowth, felling scrub and a large bonfire!’
    • ‘Garden birds need undergrowth to hide and rest in and nest sites in your large hedge, away from the prying eyes of the magpies.’
    • ‘The offending undergrowth has been causing problems for anglers who have sought help from the town council.’
    • ‘Trees and dense undergrowth covered the banks all round, giving the place an air of secrecy and isolation from the rest of the world.’
    • ‘On most days we would wind our way through two or three miles of lush undergrowth, only to find our way blocked by a fallen tree.’
    shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungle
    bushes, plants, weeds, brambles
    underbrush, underbush, shin-tangle
    herbage, verdure
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