frutescent

[ froo-tes-uh nt ]
/ fruˈtɛs ənt /
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adjective Botany.

tending to be shrublike; shrubby.

Nearby words

  1. frustration,
  2. frustrative,
  3. frustule,
  4. frustulum,
  5. frustum,
  6. fruticose,
  7. frwy.,
  8. fry,
  9. fry cook,
  10. fry, christopher

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

  • 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)

/ (fruːˈtɛsənt) /

adjective

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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