What does shrub mean?

Definitions for shrubʃrʌb

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shrub.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrub, bush(noun)

    a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrub(noun)

    a liquor composed of vegetable acid, especially lemon juice, and sugar, with spirit to preserve it

  2. Shrub(noun)

    a woody plant of less size than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same root

  3. Shrub(verb)

    to lop; to prune

  4. Origin: [OE. schrob, AS. scrob, scrobb; akin to Norw. skrubba the dwarf cornel tree.]


  1. Shrub

    A shrub is distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and shorter height, usually under 6 m 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 tall, such as lavender, periwinkle and most small garden varieties of roses, are often termed subshrubs or bushes. An area of cultivated shrubs in a park or 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 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shrub

    shrub, n. a woody plant with several stems from the same root: a bush or dwarf tree.—v.t. (prov.) to win all a man's money at play.—adj. Shrub′beried, abounding in shrubbery.—ns. Shrub′bery, a plantation of shrubs; Shrub′biness, the state or quality of being shrubby.—adjs. Shrub′by, full of shrubs: like a shrub: consisting of shrubs; Shrub′less. [A.S. scrob; prov. Eng. shruff, light rubbish wood.]

  2. Shrub

    shrub, n. a drink prepared from the juice of lemons, currants, raspberries, with spirits, as rum. [A variant of shrab.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrub in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrub in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Reg Foggerdy:

    I might go back and look for my gun, it's still in the shrub.

  2. Gregory Asner:

    If drought persists and we lose forest, it will be replaced with something. Typically when forests get too dry and they die off, usually shrub lands and grasslands do the replacing.

  3. Gregory Asner:

    If we have recurring drought and it comes back strong after the El Nino, we predict we are going to have a lot more tree mortality, if drought persists and we lose forest, it will be replaced with something. Typically when forests get too dry and they die off, usually shrub lands and grasslands do the replacing.

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