shrub·​bery | \ ˈshrə-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce shrubbery (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrə- \
plural shrubberies

Definition of shrubbery

: a planting or growth of shrubs

Examples of shrubbery in a Sentence

a patch of tangled shrubbery
Recent Examples on the Web But if shrubbery takes over that landscape, more dark vegetation will poke above the snow layer, absorbing more heat. Matt Simon, Wired, "More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet," 7 Apr. 2021 No structures were damaged and the fire was contained after having burned 5 acres of grass and small shrubbery, officials said. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, "Bullet ricochet starts 5 acre brush fire behind Ben Avery shooting range," 5 Apr. 2021 Hence the multitude of palm trees and shrubbery by the water’s edge to provide some privacy. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Home of the Week: This $21 Million Achille Salvagni-Designed Miami Beach Mansion Is a Retro-Cool Paradise," 30 Mar. 2021 Treadaway said the riot was planned and that incendiary devices, sledgehammers, and bricks were placed in shrubbery the night before. Mike Cason |, al, "Bill requiring mandatory jail time for rioting passes Alabama House," 18 Mar. 2021 The backyard is surrounded by landscaping and shrubbery that offer privacy from surrounding homes in one of the city’s most desirable areas. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "This ‘iconic Bluffview house’ is hitting the market for the first time," 17 Mar. 2021 Cardinals love shrubs, spending part of each day sheltering inside bare branches and, come spring, building their cup nests deep within the shrubbery. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "What's your cardinal story? Readers share tales of the birds that brighten our winters," 9 Mar. 2021 Cut off their highway to the house by cutting shrubbery back from the exterior of your house. Beth Kaufman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mice in Your House and Prevent Them From Ever Coming Back," 26 Jan. 2021 However, many invasive plants are also taking over the area and killing many of the native tress and shrubbery. Kristen Griffith,, "Stream restoration? Ballfields? Westminster citizens share input on future of Wakefield Valley Park.," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of shrubbery

1731, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Shrubbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shrubbery

: a group of shrubs planted together
: an area planted with shrubs


shrub·​bery | \ ˈshrə-bə-rē How to pronounce shrubbery (audio) \
plural shrubberies

Kids Definition of shrubbery

: a group of shrubs or an area where shrubs are growing

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