noun \ˈshrəb, especially Southern ˈsrəb\

Definition of SHRUB

:  a low usually several-stemmed woody plant

Origin of SHRUB

Middle English schrobbe, from Old English scrybb brushwood; akin to Norwegian skrubbebær, a cornel of a dwarf species
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SHRUB



Definition of SHRUB

:  an aged blend of fruit juice, sugar, and spirits served chilled and diluted with water
:  a beverage made by adding acidulated fruit juice to iced water

Origin of SHRUB

Arabic sharāb beverage
First Known Use: circa 1706


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any woody plant that has several stems, none of which is dominant, and is usually less than 10 ft (3 m) tall. When much-branched and dense, it may be called a bush. Intermediate between shrubs and trees are arborescences, or treelike shrubs (10–20 ft, or 3–6 m, tall). Trees are generally defined as woody plants more than 20 ft (6 m) tall, having a dominant stem, or trunk, and a definite crown shape. These distinctions are not reliable, however; for example, under especially favourable environmental conditions, some shrubs may grow to the size of an arborescence or even a small tree.


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