frutescent

[ froo-tes-uhnt ]
/ fruˈtɛs ənt /

adjective Botany.

tending to be shrublike; shrubby.

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Origin of frutescent

1700–10; <Latin frut(ex) shrub, bush + -escent

OTHER WORDS FROM frutescent

fru·tes·cence, noun

Words nearby frutescent

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Example sentences 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 forms of frutescent

frutescence, noun

Word Origin for frutescent

C18: from Latin frutex shrub, bush
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