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

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

shrubless, adjective
shrublike, adjective Unabridged
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shrub1 (ʃrʌb)
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]

shrub2 (ʃrʌb)
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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Word Origin & History

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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