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Is there an adjective to describe an object (edit: e.g. a dog house or a headstone; the object is not necessarily a living thing) on the ground and underneath a tree? I thought of "treeside", but its meaning is obviously a bit different.

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I don't think so. You could use "shaded", but that doesn't specifically imply a tree. "Arboreal" means "relating to trees" but doesn't imply underneath. –  Jacob Mattison Jun 18 at 14:50
    
If there were, Desire Under the Elms might have had a different name. If you want a rhyming phrase instead, perhaps in the lee of a tree? –  bib Jun 18 at 14:59
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I don't suppose "hypodendric" is a word? –  Matt Gutting Jun 18 at 15:39
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that was a bit of a joke :-) hypo- is a Classical Greek prefix meaning "under"; -dendric is a hypothetical adjectival form from the Classical Greek dendron, meaning "tree": thus "under a tree." But it's not an actual English word. –  Matt Gutting Jun 18 at 15:55
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There is "underwood" also for growing things under trees. –  ermanen Jun 18 at 17:08

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Bosky (literary) 1. Covered by bushes, shrubs or trees. 2. Shaded by trees or bushes.

Embower To cover with a bower; to shelter with trees. [Written also {imbower}.]

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Subarboreal is pretty close in strict definition, and could be extended to being used simply as an adjective to describe something as being beneath a tree. It is normally used to describe a species of animal or plant.

def: living or thriving under trees

See also: arboreal (leaving in/among or relating to trees)

From Latin arbor (tree) -> arboreus (of trees) and sub (beneath)

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I'll upvote the word for being on the right track, but I don't think it really satisfies his request. Living or thriving under trees is not the some as being under a tree. –  Dave Magner Jun 18 at 21:46

Try subarboreal. I don't see an entry for it at merriam-webster.com, but I see it used in at least one scientific paper with the meaning you have in mind.

There is also a link mentioning the word on the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association, whence I deduce (without checking) that it is in at least one officially-recognized Scrabble dictionary.

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