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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

Examples of shrub in a Sentence

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According to the Pollen Wise app, which provides pollen and mold levels to the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, grass, mold and weed/shrub allergen levels in Cincinnati are high Monday. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 20 May 2024 All looked reasonably healthy, if denuded of tree and shrub cover. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Machetes can be used to clear brush, chop firewood, remove turf, chop up plants for compost, harvest, prune shrubs, weed, and even dig holes. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 May 2024 The swarm started on a sidewalk, then floated like an insectoid buzzsaw into the shrub, at which point the anxious homeowners called the Alameda County Beekeepers Association. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 Grow in Zones 4-8. 08 of 08 Fringe Flower Botanical Name: Loropetalum chinense Sun Exposure: Full, partial Soil Type: Rich, moist, well-draining Soil pH: 4.5-6.5 This evergreen shrub in the witch hazel family can be grown in Zones 7 to 9 and bears fringed white or pink flowers. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 10 May 2024 After a week or so, the oldest blooms turn yellow, next brown, and remain on the shrub as new flowers open. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 8 May 2024 Adding more flowering plants, shrubs and trees to your yard can increase benefits to pollinators. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2024 For example, some chimpanzees chew bitter piths of the medicinal shrub Vernonia amygdalina to treat worm infections—and even detour from their normal foraging routes to seek out the plants. Bykermit Pattison,, 2 May 2024

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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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“Shrub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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