shrub·​bery ˈshrə-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce shrubbery (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrə-
plural shrubberies
: a planting or growth of shrubs

Examples of shrubbery in a Sentence

a patch of tangled shrubbery
Recent Examples on the Web Trim and clean shrubbery near ground level to reduce hiding cover for coyotes or their prey. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Mar. 2024 For any home gardeners who spend their weekends toiling in the backyard to keep their annuals alive and shrubbery in good form, the appeal of a botanical garden is obvious. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 They can be found in rimrock areas, on the outskirts of urban areas or in backyards with brush or shrubbery, officials said. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 23 Jan. 2024 Some residents who hid in bathrooms or shrubbery survived while many who sheltered in safe rooms were killed. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Outside, the grounds are dotted with an apple tree and lots of lush shrubbery. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 7 Feb. 2024 Another vehicle with damage was in a parking lot east of the Auto Zone, along with large pieces of shrubbery and a portion of a tree. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Beyond the pool are thickets of flowering shrubbery and evenly mown emerald lawns. Mark David, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2024 The herd lived on the Black Mountain Herd Management Area land that spanned over 1.1 million acres — the largest federal land of its kind in the state — and consisted of desert shrubbery. The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shrubbery was in 1731

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“Shrubbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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shrub·​bery ˈshrəb-(ə-)rē How to pronounce shrubbery (audio)
plural shrubberies
: a group of shrubs or an area where shrubs are growing

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