shrub

1
[ shruhb ]
/ ʃrʌb /

noun

a woody plant smaller than a tree, usually having multiple permanent stems branching from or near the ground.

Origin of shrub

1
before 1000; Middle English shrubbe, Old English scrybb brushwood; cognate with dialectal Danish skrub
Related formsshrub·less, adjectiveshrub·like, adjective

Definition for shrub (2 of 2)

shrub

2
[ shruhb ]
/ ʃrʌb /

noun

any of various acidulated beverages made from the juice of fruit, sugar, and other ingredients, often including alcohol.

Origin of shrub

2
1740–50; < Arabic, metathetic variant of shurb drink; see sherbet
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British Dictionary definitions for shrub (1 of 2)

shrub

1
/ (ʃrʌb) /

noun

a woody perennial plant, smaller than a tree, with several major branches arising from near the base of the main stem
Derived Formsshrublike, adjective

Word Origin for shrub

Old English scrybb; related to Middle Low German schrubben coarse, uneven, Old Swedish skrubba to scrub 1

British Dictionary definitions for shrub (2 of 2)

shrub

2
/ (ʃrʌb) /

noun

a mixed drink of rum, fruit juice, sugar, and spice
mixed fruit juice, sugar, and spice made commercially to be mixed with rum or other spirits

Word Origin for shrub

C18: from Arabic sharāb, variant of shurb drink; see sherbet
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Word Origin and History for shrub

shrub


n.

Old English scrybb "brushwood, shrubbery," a rare and late word (but preserved also, perhaps, in Shrewsbury), possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Danish skrub "brushwood," Norwegian skrubba "dwarf tree"). Presumably related to North Frisian skrobb "broom plant, brushwood;" West Flemish schrobbe "climbing wild pea," with a base notion of "rough plant," from PIE *(s)kerb-, extended form of root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

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Science definitions for shrub

shrub

[ shrŭb ]

A woody plant that is smaller than a tree, usually having several stems rather than a single trunk; a bush.
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