I. noun Etymology: Middle English schrobbe, from Old English scrybb brushwood; akin to Norwegian skrubbebær, a cornel of a dwarf species Date: before 12th century a low usually several-stemmed woody plant II. noun Etymology: Arabic sharāb beverage Date: circa 1706 1. an aged blend of fruit juice, sugar, and spirits served chilled and diluted with water 2. a beverage made by adding acidulated fruit juice to iced water

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  • shrub — shrub1 [shrub] n. [Early ME schrubbe < OE scrybb, brushwood, akin to SCRUB1, Dan skrubbe] a low, woody plant with several permanent stems instead of a single trunk; bush shrublike adj. shrub2 [shrub] n. [Ar sharāb, a drink: see SYRUP] …   English World dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — Shrub, v. t. To lop; to prune. [Obs.] Anderson (1573). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shrub — (schröbb), engl. Getränk aus Branntwein, Citronen , Apfelsinensaft und Zucker …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • shrub — [ʃrʌb] n [: Old English; Origin: scrybb] a small bush with several woody stems …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shrub — [ ʃrʌb ] noun count a low thick bush, especially one that has been planted in a yard …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shrub — O.E. scrybb brushwood, shrubbery, a rare and late word, possibly from a Scandinavian source (Cf. dialectal Dan. skrub brushwood, Norw. skrubba dwarf tree ). Presumably related to N.Fris. skrobb broom plant, brushwood; W.Flem. schrobbe climbing… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shrub — ► NOUN ▪ a woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground. DERIVATIVES shrubby adjective. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • shrub — semi·shrub; shrub·ber·ied; shrub·bery; shrub·bi·ness; shrub·by; shrub; shrub·let; sub·shrub; …   English syllables

  • shrub — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deciduous, evergreen ▪ dwarf, large, low, medium sized, small, tall ▪ spring …   Collocations dictionary

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