noun (plural understoreys)Ecology
A layer of vegetation beneath the main canopy of a forest: a substantial understorey of shrubs and small trees [as modifier]: the presence of understorey vegetation and leaf litter
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- The understorey in the forest depends on the type of trees growing there.
- There are virtually no shrubs left to form an understorey.
- The understorey in the ancient woodland is mainly hazel stools.
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