shrubby

adjective

shrub·​by ˈshrə-bē How to pronounce shrubby (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrə-
shrubbier; shrubbiest
1
: consisting of or covered with shrubs
2
: resembling a shrub

Examples of shrubby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Thai Senate race, which culminated this week, has put its candidates and voters through the shrubbiest of hedge mazes—and raised questions about the still-evolving state of democracy in the Southeast Asian nation of 72 million. Koh Ewe, TIME, 28 June 2024 These magnolias can sporadically rebloom in the summer, when their thick foliage gives them an especially shrubby appearance. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 7 May 2024 The report found that tiger populations had increased across India, with the highest number in Madhya Pradesh, a hot, shrubby state with more than 500 cats. Kai Schultz, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2019 But the game animals Ledford wants to showcase need sprawling expanses of flat, shrubby grassland. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 11 July 2018 This quick growing, shrubby perennial from Africa is grown as an annual here. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2018 Carolina and Virginia roses can make a thick, shrubby patch. Andrea F. Siegel, baltimoresun.com, 20 Mar. 2018 In front of him, a huge wall of windows is serving up a wide view of Silicon Valley—a brown, shrubby stretch clear out to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Katrina Brooker, Newsweek, 4 June 2014 These cultivars tend to be shrubbier and bloom somewhat later, which minimizes the chance they’ll be damaged by a late freeze. NOLA.com, 3 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shrubby was in 1540

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“Shrubby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shrubby. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

shrubby

adjective
shrub·​by ˈshrəb-ē How to pronounce shrubby (audio)
shrubbier; shrubbiest
1
: consisting of or covered with shrubs
a shrubby hillside
2
: resembling a shrub
a shrubby palm
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