noun (1)
\ ˈshrəb How to pronounce shrub (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrəb \

Definition of shrub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a low usually several-stemmed woody plant


noun (2)

Definition of shrub (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from shrub

Noun (1)

shrub-like or shrublike \ ˈshrəb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce shrub (audio) , especially Southern  ˈsrəb-​ \ adjective
shrub-like plants

First Known Use of shrub

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shrub

Noun (1)

Middle English schrobbe, from Old English scrybb brushwood; akin to Norwegian skrubbebær, a cornel of a dwarf species

Noun (2)

Arabic sharāb beverage

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“Shrub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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Kids Definition of shrub

: a woody plant that has several stems and is smaller than most trees

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