shrub

1 [shruhb]
noun
a woody plant smaller than a tree, usually having multiple permanent stems branching from or near the ground.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English shrubbe, Old English scrybb brushwood; cognate with dialectal Danish skrub

shrubless, adjective
shrublike, adjective
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shrub

2 [shruhb]
noun
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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shrub1 (ʃrʌb)
 
n
a woody perennial plant, smaller than a tree, with several major branches arising from near the base of the main stem
 
[Old English scrybb; related to Middle Low German schrubben coarse, uneven, Old Swedish skrubba to scrub1]
 
'shrublike1
 
adj

shrub2 (ʃrʌb)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Arabic sharāb, variant of shurb drink; see sherbet]

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shrub
O.E. scrybb "brushwood, shrubbery," a rare and late word, possibly from a Scand. source (cf. dial. Dan. skrub "brushwood," Norw. skrubba "dwarf tree"). Presumably related to N.Fris. skrobb "broom plant, brushwood;" W.Flem. schrobbe "climbing wild pea." Shrubbery first attested 1748.
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shrub   (shrŭb)  Pronunciation Key 
A woody plant that is smaller than a tree, usually having several stems rather than a single trunk; a bush.
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The plant grows as a small tree or shrub and retains moisture behind its bark,
  making it a valuable ally against dehydration.
Students will understand the difference between a tree, a shrub, and a
  herbaceous plant.
It's a fact sheet about the ecological threat posed by this invasive shrub.
And if the twig came from an aromatic tree or shrub, all the better, because
  you got some breath freshener in the bargain.
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