Definition for SHRUB

SHRUB, n.1 [Sax. scrob, G. schroff, rugged; Ir. sgrabach, rough. See Scrub.]

A low dwarf tree; a woody plant of a size less than a tree; or more strictly, a plant with several permanent woody stems, dividing from the bottom, more slender and lower than in trees. – Encyc. Martyn. Gooseberries and currants are shrubs; oaks and cherries are trees. – Locke.

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