underwood

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From under- +‎ wood.

Noun[edit]

underwood (countable and uncountable, plural underwoods)

  1. Underbrush, undergrowth.
    • 1670, John Evelyn, Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation of Timber, London, Chapter 3, Of the Oak, pp. 16-17,[1]
      What improvement the stirring of the ground about the roots of Oaks is to the Trees I have already hinted; and yet in Copses where they stand warm, and so thickn’d with the under wood, as this culture cannot be practis’d, they prove in time to be goodly Trees.
    • 1743, Robert Drury, The Pleasant, and Surprizing Adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his Fifteen Years Captivity on the Island of Madagascar, London, p. 30,[2]
      [] the Country near the Sea-side, and some few Miles further is full of short Under-wood, and thorny Shrubs, which tore our Cloaths to Rags []
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein:
      ‘Accordingly I hid myself in some thick underwood, determining to devote the ensuing hours to reflection on my situation.’