• WordNet 3.6
    • n underbrush the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Underbrush Shrubs, small trees, and the like, in a wood or forest, growing beneath large trees; undergrowth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n underbrush Shrubs and small trees growing under large trees in a wood or forest; brush; undergrowth.
    • underbrush To work in the underbrush, as in cutting and clearing; clear away underbrush from.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Underbrush un′dėr-brush brushwood or shrubs in a forest growing beneath large trees: undergrowth
    • v.t Underbrush to clear away such—also Un′derbush
    • vs.i Underbrush to work amongst underbrush
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In literature:

But Winston had vanished in the green underbrush as completely as though he had dropped into the sea.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
Then he turned also and went crashing through the underbrush in pursuit.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
As Brant emerged from the underbrush he suddenly beheld a fair vision of young womanhood resting on the grassy bank just before him.
"Bob Hampton of Placer" by Randall Parrish
The road led between rocks and underbrush where a man might hide with perfect safety.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
The last few rods of our journey lay through thick underbrush, and beneath the spreading branches of interlacing trees.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
The underbrush hid him from the speakers, and he was too far off to hear a word.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
Throwing away her bouquet as she ran, she made for a clump of underbrush at one side of the cottage.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
A crackling in the underbrush and a faint plash in the lake startled them asunder.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Thick underbrush, prickly bushes and tall grasses grew in many places.
"Young Peoples' History of the War with Spain" by Prescott Holmes
At that time the men cut the trees and underbrush, and after allowing them to dry, fire them.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
We checked them at the second leap and peered through the underbrush to see what had frightened them.
"Emerson's Wife and Other Western Stories" by Florence Finch Kelly
Beyond the thicket he came again to a more open space among the trees, free from underbrush, but strewn at intervals with great bowlders.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
It is only the peasant who knows the underbrush.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
Slowly he moved forward, cautiously avoiding the snapping of a twig or the scraping of underbrush.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
It grows among the underbrush in forests.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Brennan turned towards the sound and began to beat his way through the underbrush.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
The woods were so gloomy and the underbrush was so thick that the men could not see one another twenty feet away.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
Out from the underbrush emerged three figures.
"Frank and Fearless" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Ross worked his way to a curtain of underbrush from which he had a free view of the beach and the aliens.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Early one morning in April the men cutting timber inland were startled to notice the underbrush alive with warriors armed.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut

In poetry:

"A flute-note sounds on the midnight,
Blown by a fairy boy,
And the rabbits rush from the underbrush,
All nearly mad with joy.
"March" by Nancy Byrd Turner
"This shorn and wasted mountain land
Of underbrush and boulder,--
Who thinks to see its full-grown tree
Must live a century older."
"The Wood Giant" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I find an old deserted nest,
Half-hidden in the underbrush:
A withered leaf, in phantom jest,
Has nestled in it like a thrush
With weary, palpitating breast.
"An Empty Nest" by James Whitcomb Riley
A whip cracks in the wood, and cattle low
And through the underbrush are heard to
Crash heavily. Leaves rustle. Snowdrops show
Their blue heads here and there. A sudden, furtive
"Youth" by Ivan Bunin
Star trillium, in the underbrush,
In whom Spring bares her face;
Sun eglantine, that breathes the blush
Of Summer's quiet grace;
Moon mallow, in whom lives the hush
Of Autumn's tragic pace.
"Second Sight" by Madison Julius Cawein
The underbrush is risin' an' spreadin' all around,
Jest like a mist o' greenness 'at hangs above the ground;
A million manzanitas 'ill soon be full o' pink;
So saddle up, my sonny,—it's time to ride, I think!
"How Spring Comes To Shasta Jim" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

If director Terrence Malick is known for anything, it might be his underbrush.
Clad at times in camouflage, facemasks and face paint to blend in, poachers trod through the underbrush with makeshift tools such as tire irons and screwdrivers looking for ginseng , police say.
He was hidden in the low underbrush at The Pond.
City work crews armed with something called a " masticator tractor" have attacked a six-acre chunk of land alongside Las Positas Creek, chewing up the thick vegetative underbrush that could provide combustible fuel in a fire.
Greg Lawrence crashed through the underbrush, eyes wide, binoculars swinging from his neck.
The branch broke free from the underbrush and skidded up an embankment to the road.
Mitt Romney's tax plan, obscured by ' underbrush .
Time to clear the underbrush of bribery.
Send "In this Oct 13, 2010, file photo, two deer peer out from the underbrush bordering Pine Lakes golf c" to a friend.
Down on the Ranch, President Wages War on the Underbrush .
She was hiking in Ferguson Forest when she heard the bird (Zonotrichia albicollis) scurrying through the underbrush.
Clad at times in camouflage, face masks and face paint to blend in with the surroundings, poachers trod through the underbrush with makeshift tools such as tire irons and screwdrivers looking for ginseng, police said.
Medium sized and bred to cover all terrain encountered by the walking hunter, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon has been called the "4-wheel drive of hunting dogs" as he will enter briars or underbrush without hesitation.
From Europe's blasted landscape visitors move to the green underbrush and half-light of South Vietnam's triple-canopy jungle.
City work crews armed with something called a "masticator tractor" have attacked a six-acre chunk of land alongside Las Positas Creek, chewing up the thick vegetative underbrush that could provide combustible fuel in a fire.