One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A layer of vegetation beneath the main canopy of a forest.‘a substantial understorey of shrubs and small trees’as modifier ‘the presence of understorey vegetation and leaf litter’
- ‘We had not previously examined this area because of the denseness of the understorey.’
- ‘The understorey in the ancient woodland is mainly hazel stools.’
- ‘The understorey in the forest depends on the type of trees growing there.’
- ‘There are virtually no shrubs left to form an understorey.’
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