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frutescent

[froo-tes-uh nt]
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adjective Botany.
  1. tending to be shrublike; shrubby.
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Origin of frutescent

1700–10; < Latin frut(ex) shrub, bush + -escent
Related formsfru·tes·cence, noun
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Examples from the Web for frutescent

Historical Examples

  • A great variety prevails there of herbaceous or frutescent plants.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • Frutescent, somewhat shrubby; becoming a shrub (Frutex), 39.

  • Suffruticose or Frutescent, when low stems are decidedly woody below, but herbaceous above.


British Dictionary definitions for frutescent

frutescent

fruticose (ˈfruːtɪˌkəʊs, -ˌkəʊz)

adjective
  1. having the appearance or habit of a shrub; shrubby
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Derived Formsfrutescence, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin frutex shrub, bush
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