scrabbly

scrabbly

[skrab-lee]
adjective, scrabblier, scrabbliest.
1.
insignificantly small or sparse: scrabbly tufts of grass sprouting from the parched lawn.
2.
scratchy; raspy.

Origin:
1940–45; scrabble + -y1

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scrabbly

adjective
sparsely covered with stunted trees or vegetation and underbrush; "open scrubby woods" 
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