AskDefine | Define undergrowth

Dictionary Definition

undergrowth n : the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest [syn: underbrush, underwood]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. those plants in a forest which only reach a relatively low height (such as shrubs and bushes)


Extensive Definition

Undergrowth usually refers to the vegetation in a forest, which can obstruct passage through the forest. The height of undergrowth is usually considered to be 0,3 - 3 m (1 - 9 ft.). Undergrowth can also refer all vegetation in a forest, which isn't in the canopy.
undergrowth in Italian: Boscaglia
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