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  1. woody at the base and herbaceous above.
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Origin of suffruticose

1785–95; < New Latin suffruticōsus, equivalent to Latin suf- suf- + frutic- (stem of frutex shrub, bush) + -ōsus -ose1
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Historical Examples of suffruticose

  • A species of one of the suffruticose Acanthaccæ (Strobilanthes), which grows, abundantly in the mountain ranges of Ceylon.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

    J. Emerson Tennent

  • Suffruticose or Frutescent, when low stems are decidedly woody below, but herbaceous above.

British Dictionary definitions for suffruticose


  1. (of a plant) having a permanent woody base and herbaceous branches
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Word Origin for suffruticose

C18: from New Latin suffruticōsus, from Latin sub- + frutex a shrub
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