undergrow

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

under- +‎ grow

VerbEdit

undergrow (third-person singular simple present undergrows, present participle undergrowing, simple past undergrew, past participle undergrown)

  1. (intransitive) To grow to an inferior, or less than the usual, size or height.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
  2. (transitive) To grow underneath.
    • O. Henry
      Descending the side of the levee, he penetrated the rank density of weeds and willows that undergrew the trees until the river's edge, shouting Victor's name.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 17:18