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shrubbery

[shruhb-uh-ree]
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noun, plural shrub·ber·ies.
  1. a planting of shrubs: He hit the croquet ball into the shrubbery.
  2. shrubs collectively.

Origin of shrubbery

First recorded in 1740–50; shrub1 + -ery
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Examples from the Web for shrubbery

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  • She had to go on tiptoe through the shrubbery and out through the church yard.

  • Oh, how stately the hollyhocks towered on the borders of the shrubbery!

  • The moon was low in the west and a little breeze was now stirring the shrubbery.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He led me across the lawn to the seat in the shrubbery that almost faced my windows.

  • "Excellent," said Trenchard, and led the way through the shrubbery to the orchard.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for shrubbery

shrubbery

noun plural -beries
  1. a place where a number of shrubs are planted
  2. shrubs collectively
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Word Origin and History for shrubbery

n.

1748, "place where shrubs are planted," from shrub + -ery. As "shrubs collectively," from 1777.

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