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. 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.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Scrub Oak — is a general name for several species of small, shrubby oaks, including the following species: California Scrub Oak (Quercus berberidifolia) Leather Oak (Quercus durata) Coastal Scrub Oak (Quercus dumosa) Tucker Oak (Quercus john tuckeri) Island… …   Wikipedia

  • Scrub oak — Oak Oak ([=o]k), n. [OE. oke, ok, ak, AS. [=a]c; akin to D. eik, G. eiche, OHG. eih, Icel. eik, Sw. ek, Dan. eeg.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Quercus}. The oaks have alternate leaves, often variously lobed, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrub oak — noun any of various chiefly American small shrubby oaks often a dominant form on thin dry soils sometimes forming dense thickets (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑oak, ↑oak tree • Hyponyms: ↑bear oak, ↑Quercus ilicifolia, ↑blackjack oak, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrub oak — any of several oaks, as Quercus ilicifolia and Q. prinoides, characterized by a scrubby manner of growth, usually found in dry, rocky soil. [1760 70, Amer.] * * * ▪ tree group       any of several small, shrubby trees of the genus Quercus, in the …   Universalium

  • scrub oak — noun N. Amer. a shrubby dwarf oak which forms thickets. [Quercus ilicifolia and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • scrub oak — noun Date: 1766 any of various chiefly American oaks (as Quercus ilicifolia of the northeastern United States) of small size and usually shrubby habit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • seaside scrub oak — noun small evergreen shrub or tree of southeastern United States; often forms almost impenetrable thickets in sandy coastal areas • Syn: ↑myrtle oak, ↑Quercus myrtifolia • Hypernyms: ↑scrub oak …   Useful english dictionary

  • black scrub oak — noun : bear oak …   Useful english dictionary

  • california scrub oak — noun Usage: usually capitalized C : a low evergreen shrub (Quercus dumosa) of the California chaparral valuable for its resistance to and recovery from fire and intense drought …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”