Definition of underwood in US English:



  • Small trees and shrubs growing beneath taller timber trees.

    ‘they sell underwood belonging to the Crown’
    • ‘I, too, felt as if I was peering into a coppice - a wood or thicket characterized by a dense, often tangled, underwood of stump shoots and suckers encouraged into being by the periodic cutting down of trees.’
    • ‘From the Forest of Dean the king took minerals, underwood, timber, and red and fallow deer.’
    shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, ground cover, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungle
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