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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
shrub
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
evergreen
▪ These evergreen shrubs may be trained as hedges or wall shrubs.
▪ Dwarf wax myrtle is an evergreen shrub in the 2-to-4-foot range.
▪ Come spring this will produce a flurry of white tulips, against the evergreen climbers and shrubs in the end border.
▪ A: The New Zealand tea tree is a large evergreen shrub that matures to 8 or 10 feet in height.
▪ The kitchen, quarry-tiled, looked out on to a courtyard paved in red brick with various evergreen shrubs in tubs.
flowering
▪ In the back garden, the oval lawn was surrounded by beautifully tended flowering shrubs and bushes, giving complete privacy.
▪ Q I think I should have pruned some of my flowering shrubs this spring, is it too late now?
▪ Later on, you can introduce pot-grown lilies and flowering shrubs like fuchsias.
large
▪ In the southern zone, where the growing season is longer, thickets of larger, denser shrubs become possible.
▪ Confederate rose will mature into a large shrub or small tree.
▪ A: The New Zealand tea tree is a large evergreen shrub that matures to 8 or 10 feet in height.
other
▪ We've provided this pond and other trees and shrubs.
▪ The way to help dormice is to encourage hazel and a wide variety of other trees and shrubs the animals feed on.
▪ Take cuttings of this and other shrub roses in September.
small
▪ Practical Project Planting by numbers Plant in style with our beautiful collection of small shrubs and herbaceous plants.
▪ Occasionally the skeleton of a leafless flame tree towered above smaller shrubs.
▪ It then feeds quite heavily on the bark of selected small trees and shrubs.
■ NOUN
rose
▪ Ground cover shrub roses which flower continuously from June to October, are popular at present.
▪ The term shrub rose is often used confusingly with bush rose.
▪ Layer flexible stems of ramblers and shrub roses.
▪ Prune bush roses and any shrub roses needing attention.
▪ Take cuttings of this and other shrub roses in September.
■ VERB
plant
▪ It is a good time to plant hardy shrubs too.
▪ The whole frontage was planted with short flowing shrubs and cacti, but gave the impression of opulence.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Inside, the complex is immaculate, with neatly trimmed shrubs and rose bushes lining each building.
▪ It also is useful to wrap this synthetic material around shrubs that are prone to freeze damage.
▪ Little young shrubs lined the drive growing in finely sifted black earth behind a neat strip of cropped grass.
▪ Plant in the same way as for trees and shrubs, mulching the prepared ground with black plastic or strips of old carpet.
▪ She ran round the outside of the house, barging past bushes and shrubs.
▪ The Stewarts live in a two-story house with shrubs out front.
▪ This created a natural nursery for every kind of indigenous wildflower, shrub, and tree.
▪ Vern made for a bench in a concrete space with trees and shrubs scattered around in pots, and sat down.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Shrub

Shrub \Shrub\, n. [Ar. shirb, shurb, a drink, beverage, fr. shariba to drink. Cf. Sirup, Sherbet.] A liquor composed of vegetable acid, especially lemon juice, and sugar, with spirit to preserve it.

Shrub

Shrub \Shrub\, n. [OE. schrob, AS. scrob, scrobb; akin to Norw. skrubba the dwarf cornel tree.] (Bot.) A woody plant of less size than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same root.

Shrub

Shrub \Shrub\, v. t. To lop; to prune. [Obs.]
--Anderson (1573).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
shrub

Old English scrybb "brushwood, shrubbery," a rare and late word (but preserved also, perhaps, in Shrewsbury), possibly from a Scandinavian source (compare dialectal Danish skrub "brushwood," Norwegian skrubba "dwarf tree"). Presumably related to North Frisian skrobb "broom plant, brushwood;" West Flemish schrobbe "climbing wild pea," with a base notion of "rough plant," from PIE *(s)kerb-, extended form of root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

Wiktionary
shrub

Etymology 1 n. A woody plant smaller than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same base. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To lop; to prune. 2 (context transitive English) ''(Kenyan English)'' To mispronounce a word by replacing its consonant sound(s) with another or others of a similar place of articulation. Etymology 2

n. A liquor composed of vegetable acid, fruit juice (especially lemon), sugar, sometimes vinegar, and a small amount of spirit as a preservative. Modern ''shrub'' is usually non-alcoholic, but in earlier times it was often mixed with a substantial amount of spirit such as brandy or rum, thus making it a liqueur.

WordNet
shrub

n. a low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches [syn: bush]

Gazetteer
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Shrub (disambiguation)

A shrub is a small tree.

Shrub may also refer to:

  • Shrub (band)
  • Shrub (drink)
  • Shrub, California, an unincorporated community in the U.S.
  • Shrub, mispronunciation of English words in Kenyan English
Shrub

A shrub or bush is a small to medium-sized woody plant. It is distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and shorter height, usually under 6 m (20 ft) tall. Plants of many species may grow either into shrubs or trees, depending on their growing conditions. Small, low shrubs, generally less than 2 m (6.6 ft) tall, such as lavender, periwinkle and most small garden varieties of roses, are often termed subshrubs.

An area of cultivated shrubs in a park or a garden is known as a shrubbery. When clipped as topiary, suitable species or varieties of shrubs develop dense foliage and many small leafy branches growing close together. Many shrubs respond well to renewal pruning, in which hard cutting back to a " stool" results in long new stems known as "canes". Other shrubs respond better to selective pruning to reveal their structure and character.

Shrubs in common garden practice are generally considered broad-leaved plants, though some smaller conifers such as mountain pine and common juniper are also shrubby in structure. Species that grow into a shrubby habit may be either deciduous or evergreen.

Shrub (drink)

In terms of mixed drinks, shrub is the name of two different, but related, acidulated beverages. One type of shrub is a fruit liqueur that was popular in 17th and 18th century England, typically made with rum or brandy mixed with sugar and the juice or rinds of citrus fruit.

The word "shrub" can also refer to a cocktail or soft drink that was popular during America's colonial era, made by mixing a vinegared syrup with spirits, water, or carbonated water. The term "shrub" can also be applied to the sweetened vinegar-based syrup, from which the cocktail is made; the syrup is also known as drinking vinegar. Drinking vinegar is often infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in mixed drinks.

Shrub (band)

Shrub is a seven piece reggae, rock and rap band from Columbus, Ohio. The band features Kevin Oliver former guitar player for George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. The band released their debut album, Senorita, in February 2010. The band was voted by readers as High Times Magazine Unsigned Band of the Month in September 2010. In September 2013, Shrub released their first full-length album, Highceratops. The album features guest appearances by C-Money of Slightly Stoopid, Dubmatix, and One-Eyed Doll.

Shrub has shared the stage with: The Dirty Heads, Collie Buddz, Rebelution, Yellowman, The Expendables, Kottonmouth Kings, Gov't Mule, Hed PE, Badfish, Scotty Don’t, Marlon Asher, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ballyhoo!, ekoostik hookah, Zach Deputy, Don Carlos, Mighty Diamonds, Tribal Seeds, The Young Dubliners, Passafire, Seedless, Micah Brown, The Revivalists, Fortunate Youth, Big B, Spiritual Rez, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Echo Movement, Best Coast, Dinosaur Jr, The Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Tennis, etc.

Usage examples of "shrub".

Just as two or more persons can talk to one another about a perceptual object or a remembered event that is commonly apprehended by them, so two or more persons can talk about liberty or justice as common objects of thought, or about triangularity and circularity, or about the difference between tree and shrub as distinct kinds of vegetation.

Down through the belt of shrubs and birches she went, across the long lawns past towering monkey puzzles, until she came to the balustrade that separated the gardens from the woods.

He was even more rumpled and bearish seeming than he had been the previous night, wider than the door he stood before and hunched over like some sodden jungle shrub.

The berries upon old Barberry shrubs are often stoneless, and this is the best fruit for preserving or for making the jelly.

The small-branched shrub bears globular, wax-like flowers, and black berries, which are covered, when quite fresh, with a grey bloom.

The stately oak reared its branchy head, and the trees and shrubs burst from the surface of the earth.

Over the years he came to resemble a high hill covered in grass and shrubs and stunted trees, with here and there a portion of scale showing through, and the colossal head entirely emergent, unclothed by vegetation, engaging everything that passed before him with huge, slit-pupiled golden eyes, exerting a malefic influence over the events that flowed around him, twisting them into shapes that conformed to the cruel designs his discarnate intellect delighted in the weaving of and profited his vengeful will.

They tried not to think about the pain as they climbed into their cosy shelter that night amongst the mallee gums, acacia shrubs and York gums, and quietly listened to the sounds of the bush.

It was so beautiful at times it took your breath away - saltbush, bluebush, a whole world of native shrubs and grasses, all tough enough to exist in the harsh arid heat of this outback country, and the mallee and the ghost gums shimmering their leaves in the wind, shading the ground from the sun.

There were many shrubs and palm trees, and the dry soil had a covering of marram grass.

When the traveller passing by a lone graveyard interprets the tall and slender shrub laden with white blossoms as a swaying ghost, the misconception does not arise from any fault of mere vision, but from the type of former knowledge which the other surroundings of the moment call up, these evidently giving the mind a certain bias in its interpretation of the sensuous, or colour, impressions.

He just stared out the window again, at the layer of snow, smooth over rolling lawns and softly mounded over shrubs and steps and retaining walls.

Moreover there has been no off-hand, untimely destruction of the nectariferous blossoms of millions of trees and shrubs.

Actually, he knew that overgrazing had changed the grass and shrubs over all this country, and that with man gone there would now be more changes.

From the little plantation, all the magnificent trees and shrubs of Australia had been excluded with amazing resolution and consistency, and oak and ash reigned safe from overtowering rivals.