[froo-tes-uh nt]

adjective Botany.

tending to be shrublike; shrubby.

Origin of frutescent

1700–10; < Latin frut(ex) shrub, bush + -escent
Related formsfru·tes·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frutescent

Historical Examples of frutescent

  • 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


fruticose (ˈfruːtɪˌkəʊs, -ˌkəʊz)


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

Word Origin for frutescent

C18: from Latin frutex shrub, bush
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