scrub brush
Scrub Scrub (skr[u^]b), n. 1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. ``A sorry scrub.'' --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

2. Something small and mean. [1913 Webster]

3. A worn-out brush. --Ainsworth. [1913 Webster]

4. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Stock Breeding) One of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

6. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush; -- called also {scrub brush}. See {Brush}, above. [Australia & South Africa] [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

7. (Forestry) A low, straggling tree of inferior quality. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Scrub bird} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian passerine bird of the family {Atrichornithid[ae]}, as {Atrichia clamosa}; -- called also {brush bird}.

{Scrub oak} (Bot.), the popular name of several dwarfish species of oak. The scrub oak of New England and the Middle States is {Quercus ilicifolia}, a scraggy shrub; that of the Southern States is a small tree ({Q. Catesb[ae]i}); that of the Rocky Mountain region is {Q. undulata}, var. Gambelii.

{Scrub robin} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian singing bird of the genus {Drymodes}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • scrub brush — || skrÊŒb(ɪŋ)‚brʌʃ n. brush with short hard bristles used for scrubbing and for heavy cleaning, scrubbing brush …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scrub brush — scrub ,brush noun count AMERICAN a stiff brush used for cleaning things …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scrub brush — scrub′ brush n. cvb a brush with stiff, short bristles • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • scrub brush — noun a brush with short stiff bristles for heavy cleaning • Syn: ↑scrubbing brush, ↑scrubber • Derivationally related forms: ↑scrub (for: ↑scrubber) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrub brush — noun Date: 1897 a brush with hard bristles for heavy cleaning called also scrubbing brush …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scrub brush — a brush with stiff, short bristles for scrubbing. Also called scrubbing brush. [1675 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • brush bird — Scrub Scrub (skr[u^]b), n. 1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. A sorry scrub. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrub — (skr[u^]b), n. 1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. A sorry scrub. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Something… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrub bird — Scrub Scrub (skr[u^]b), n. 1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. A sorry scrub. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrub oak — Scrub Scrub (skr[u^]b), n. 1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. A sorry scrub. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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