from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Branches that have been cut or broken off.
- n. Dense undergrowth.
- n. An area covered by such growth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Branches and twigs fallen from trees and shrubs.
- n. Small trees and shrubs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Brush; a thicket or coppice of small trees and shrubs.
- n. Small branches of trees cut off.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thicket or coppice of small trees and shrubs.
- n. Branches of trees cut off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the wood from bushes or small branches
- n. a dense growth of bushes
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Now, metaphorically speaking, a brush may be taken as a miniature wood; the common use of the term brushwood is a proof of the general acceptance of the metaphor.
"Don't broadcast my voice on Seda va Sima [IRIB Music channel] ever again: my voice is like brushwood and thorns, and it will forever remain brushwood and thorns!"
Close to us, hid in brushwood, was our own piquet; about 1000 yards from us was the Russian piquet.
The Indians carried first our canoes and then our stores through the brushwood, which is very thick at this point, while we four whites, our rifles on our shoulders, walked between them and any danger coming from the woods.
Even the brushwood is a fruit tree, namely, the guava, which from its abundance is as noxious as a weed.
The brushwood is a mixture of twigs and sticks that the men have collected over the course of days, sleeping rough at night.
Certainly not; the vegetation is not so rich, few waterfalls are visible, and there is a slovenly appearance about the clayey or sandy surface, reddened here and there by ferruginous streamlets, and covered with weedy-looking brushwood which is quite at variance with the sloping gardens of the sunny south of
We were in an open place where only a low kind of brushwood grew, when suddenly my horse shied, gave a fearful snort, and sturdily refused to budge another inch.
Not a tree is to be seen except the low brushwood which is scantily distributed upon its surface.
A kind of brushwood covered his face, and through it peeped, with the tip of his hooked nose, the features I have described.