There are 2 definitions of shrub in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃrʌb
 
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noun

  • A woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground.
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    • It is a good time to plant bare rooted shrubs and trees while the weather stays mild and the ground is still workable.
    • One hundred and fifty native trees and shrubs were planted on Lackham Estate in Ashlea field.
    • Hundreds of trees and shrubs will be planted at Croome Park during December.
    Synonyms
    bush, woody plant; (shrubs) undergrowth, shrubbery

Derivatives

shrubby

adjective (shrubbier, shrubbiest)
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  • In association with recent regional warming, moist tundra has become more shrubby, and trees are increasing in density and expanding into tundra near the arctic treeline.
  • Bushtits inhabit mixed coniferous and deciduous areas with shrubby growth.
  • One of the best of these sparsely vegetated, shrubby habitats is found on the western slopes of BlackJack Mountain.

Origin

Old English scrubb, scrybb 'shrubbery'; compare with West Flemish schrobbe 'vetch', Norwegian skrubba 'dwarf cornel', also with scrub2.

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There are 2 definitions of shrub in English:

shrub2

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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A drink made of sweetened fruit juice and spirits, typically rum or brandy.
  • 2North American A slightly acid cordial made from fruit juice and water.

Origin

early 18th century: from Arabic šurb, šarāb, from šariba 'to drink'; compare with sherbet and syrup.

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