- a woody plant smaller than a tree, usually having multiple permanent stems branching from or near the ground.
Origin of shrub1
- any of various acidulated beverages made from the juice of fruit, sugar, and other ingredients, often including alcohol.
Origin of shrub2
Examples from the Web for shrub
A low tree, or usually merely a shrub, from Japan; often cultivated.
A shrub rather than a tree, cultivated from Siberia; hardy throughout.
Nearly every tree and shrub that will grow in this climate is here to be found.Six Letters From the Colonies
The shrub grows wild on elevations between 1000 and 4000 feet.The Hawaiian Islands
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Marie stooped to pluck a flower, and slipped behind the shrub.The Traitors
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- a woody perennial plant, smaller than a tree, with several major branches arising from near the base of the main stem
- a mixed drink of rum, fruit juice, sugar, and spice
- mixed fruit juice, sugar, and spice made commercially to be mixed with rum or other spirits
Word Origin and History for shrub
Old English scrybb "brushwood, shrubbery," a rare and late word (but preserved also, perhaps, in Shrewsbury), possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Danish skrub "brushwood," Norwegian skrubba "dwarf tree"). Presumably related to North Frisian skrobb "broom plant, brushwood;" West Flemish schrobbe "climbing wild pea," with a base notion of "rough plant," from PIE *(s)kerb-, extended form of root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
- A woody plant that is smaller than a tree, usually having several stems rather than a single trunk; a bush.