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noun (1)

ˈshrəb How to pronounce shrub (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrəb
: a low usually several-stemmed woody plant
shrub-like adjective
or shrublike
ˈshrəb-ˌlīk How to pronounce shrub (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrəb-
shrub-like plants


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noun (2)

: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shrub was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shrub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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