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  1. having the form of a shrub; shrublike.
  2. Botany, Mycology. having branched stalks, as certain lichens.Compare crustose, foliose.
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Origin of fruticose

1660–70; < Latin fruticōsus full of shrubs, bushy, equivalent to frutic- (stem of frutex) shrub + -ōsus -ose1
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Historical Examples

  • Viburna continue; Salix (fruticose) commences about 5,000 feet, continues here and there to Moflong.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The

    William Griffith

  • There are several varieties which assume globular, reniform, stalactitic, and fruticose shapes.