brushwood

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

brush +‎ wood

NounEdit

brushwood (countable and uncountable, plural brushwoods)

  1. Branches and twigs fallen from trees and shrubs.
    • 1799, Mungo Park, chapter 12, in Travels in the Interior of Africa[1], volume 1:
      His pupils assemble every evening before his tent; where, by the light of a large fire, made of brushwood and cow’s dung, they are taught a few sentences from the Koran, and are initiated into the principles of their creed.
    • 1991, Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons, Oxford University Press, Chapter 3, p. 14,
      Small streams with hollowed-out banks came into sight, and the tiniest mill-ponds with frail dams, and little villages with low peasant huts under dark roofs, often with half their thatch gone, and small threshing barns all tilted to one side with walls made out of woven brushwood and gaping openings beside dilabidated hay-barns []
  2. Small trees and shrubs.
    • 1796, J[ohn] G[abriel] Stedman, chapter XVI, in Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America; [], volume II, London: J[oseph] Johnson, [], and J. Edwards, [], OCLC 13966308, page 6:
      The river above Goet-accord becomes very narrow, being lined on each ſide with impenetrable bruſh-wood, like the river Cottica, between Devil's-Harwar and Patamaca; [...]
    • 1886 May – 1887 April, Thomas Hardy, chapter XV, in The Woodlanders [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., published 1887, OCLC 17926498, page 279:
      Without any solicitation, or desire for profit on his part, he had been asked to execute during that winter a very large order for hurdles and other copseware, for which purpose he had been obliged to buy several acres of brushwood standing.
    • 1920, R. B. Cunninghame Graham, A Brazilian Mystic, Being the Life and Miracles of Antonio Conselheiro, London: Heinemann, Chapter 12, p. 169, [2]
      Houses had been deserted, and the thick brushwood of the tropics had grown up over everything, obliterating the brief authority of man.

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