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shrub1

[shruhb] /ʃrʌb/
noun
1.
a woody plant smaller than a tree, usually having multiple permanent stems branching from or near the ground.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English shrubbe, Old English scrybb brushwood; cognate with dialectal Danish skrub
Related forms
shrubless, adjective
shrublike, adjective

shrub2

[shruhb] /ʃrʌb/
noun
1.
any of various acidulated beverages made from the juice of fruit, sugar, and other ingredients, often including alcohol.
Origin
1740-50; < Arabic, metathetic variant of shurb drink; see sherbet
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  • Along with hardy evergreen conifers, tough deciduous trees and shrubs form the garden's backbone.
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  • The problem is that northern trees and shrubs beneath the forest canopy depend on that litter for food.
  • The trees and shrubs also provide nocturnal shelter for the birds, to judge from the boisterous avian chorus at sunset.
  • She rarely waters, except her tiny vegetable patch, and a few shrubs during drought.
  • He walked along a row of shrubs beneath a power line.
British Dictionary definitions for shrubs

shrub1

/ʃrʌb/
noun
1.
a woody perennial plant, smaller than a tree, with several major branches arising from near the base of the main stem
Derived Forms
shrublike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English scrybb; related to Middle Low German schrubben coarse, uneven, Old Swedish skrubba to scrub1

shrub2

/ʃrʌb/
noun
1.
a mixed drink of rum, fruit juice, sugar, and spice
2.
mixed fruit juice, sugar, and spice made commercially to be mixed with rum or other spirits
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic sharāb, variant of shurb drink; see sherbet
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Word Origin and History for shrubs

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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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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