Definition of shrub noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃrʌb//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃrʌb//
In the garden, Plants
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a large plant that is smaller than a tree and that has several stems of wood coming from the ground synonym bush evergreen shrubs shrub roses See related entries: In the garden, Plants Word OriginOld English scrubb, scrybb ‘shrubbery’; compare with West Flemish schrobbe ‘vetch’, Norwegian skrubba ‘dwarf cornel’ (a type of dogwood), also with the noun scrub senses 2 and 3.Extra examples Overgrown deciduous shrubs can be cut back at this time of year. Tender shrubs don’t grow well here. The bed is planted with flowering shrubs.
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