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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]


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