- tending to be shrublike; shrubby.
Origin of frutescent
1700–10; < Latin frut(ex) shrub, bush + -escent
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A great variety prevails there of herbaceous or frutescent plants.The Desert World
Frutescent, somewhat shrubby; becoming a shrub (Frutex), 39.
Suffruticose or Frutescent, when low stems are decidedly woody below, but herbaceous above.
fruticose (ˈfruːtɪˌkəʊs, -ˌkəʊz)
- having the appearance or habit of a shrub; shrubby
C18: from Latin frutex shrub, bush
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