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

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Spread drop cloths on the pavement, lawn or nearby shrubbery to protect them from falling gobs of goo. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Safely Remove Paint," 25 Jan. 2019 Failing that, Falkenberg recommends shrubberies that are difficult to penetrate. Town & Country, "How the Wealthy Protect Themselves," 6 Dec. 2012 Before the game, please hold a brief moment of silence for family members, pets and shrubbery that have perished in prior Family Thanksgiving Touch Football games. Jason Gay, WSJ, "27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football," 19 Nov. 2018 As Billboard reported, Post's Rolls Royce crashed into another car in West Hollywood on Friday morning, before going through a fence and ending up in shrubbery. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Post Malone Was Reportedly Involved in a Car Crash," 7 Sep. 2018 High grasses and shrubbery are a key part of a firefly’s ideal habitat. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 Outside, the timber used to imprint the facade has a third life—as the base of the roof’s green shrubbery, another trending design statement. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Concrete house blends into the woods with black exterior, green roof," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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