shrub·bery | \ˈshrə-b(ə-)rē, 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

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Tall green shrubbery is nestled in front of the sprawling black-and-white complex, with much of the rest of the site tucked away from public view. Melissa Etehad,, "To save CBS Television City, L.A. might have to allow development around the landmark," 15 June 2018 And watching mournfully from the carefully manicured shrubbery is one of the nation’s great legal minds, a single tear tracing its way down his jowl. Nestor Ramos,, "Alan Dershowitz said he’s being shunned on the Vineyard. Then the mocking began," 3 July 2018 The patio is a great refuge with its white tables set off by topiary, shrubbery, flowers and trees. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake," 9 July 2018 What the ample shrubbery gently foreshadowed, wood and steel more ominously made clear: Do. not. Billboard, "Eerie Waves: Memories of an Abandoned Radio Home, From Dido to Whitesnake's David Coverdale (& the Incredible Hulk)," 6 July 2018 Realmuto’s seventh homer was a wallop: 412 feet into the shrubbery. Craig Davis,, "Homers by Anderson, Realmuto lead Marlins past Giants," 12 June 2018 Being cautious of flammable materials, properly putting out campfires and trimming dead trees or surrounding shrubbery are all ways to start. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "What to take away from Arizona's 2018 wildfire season so far," 13 June 2018 Backing out from a large shrubbery is Strider with his prize of a new favorite Tennis Ball!, "Edison N. Bellerose," 12 June 2018 Baths should be located away from dense brush or shrubbery. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Birdbaths offer cool dip and sip in summer heat," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of shrubbery

1731, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
plural shrubberies

Kids Definition of shrubbery

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

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