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[shruhb-ee] /ˈʃrʌb i/
adjective, shrubbier, shrubbiest.
consisting of or abounding in shrubs.
resembling a shrub; shrublike.
Origin of shrubby
1530-40; shrub1 + -y1
Related forms
shrubbiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Presently the trees grew thinner, and the shrubby undergrowth more abundant.
  • shrubby cinquefoil prefers open sites but will grow under light shade.
  • Though it is moderately shade-tolerant, shrubby cinquefoil flowers more abundantly in nearly full sun.
  • The results are in for the what's your favorite shrubby cover poll.
  • The results are in for the what's your favorite shrubby cover poll.
  • Found in open woodlands with small trees and open shrubby areas.
  • Found in forest interiors and along edges, and in low shrubby growth.
  • Favors streamsides and other wet areas with shrubby understory.
  • Historically, fires would have been frequent and kept the understory clear of invading shrubby vegetation.
  • Many are spiny plants, and all are shrubby with lobed leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for shrubby


adjective -bier, -biest
consisting of, planted with, or abounding in shrubs
resembling a shrub
Derived Forms
shrubbiness, noun
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