One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground.
bush, woody plantView synonyms
- ‘Decorative railings and improved lighting have been installed and shrubs and trees planted.’
- ‘One hundred and fifty native trees and shrubs were planted on Lackham Estate in Ashlea field.’
- ‘The new graveyard garden will have extra shrubs planted with existing trees left undisturbed.’
- ‘Thorny shrubs planted outside ground floor windows can also be a good deterrent.’
- ‘It stands in wooded ground which contains a variety of shrubs, plants and bulbs.’
- ‘A few white fairy lights can add a sprinkle of magic among the winter foliage of evergreen trees and shrubs.’
- ‘Unusual and rare plants, trees and shrubs will be on display with advice from experts on cultivation.’
- ‘As the leaves open on most trees and shrubs, a haze of light green surrounds the plants and herbs of the garden.’
- ‘It is a good time to plant bare rooted shrubs and trees while the weather stays mild and the ground is still workable.’
- ‘Prevent long grass from establishing itself at the necks of trees and shrubs planted in the lawn.’
- ‘Plants, trees and shrubs have been planted and the area has been fenced off to help secure the area.’
- ‘We passed the grove of young trees and clumps of shrubs, and came to the place where the ground began to fall away.’
- ‘Most of these species are herbaceous, although some representatives are shrubs or trees.’
- ‘This is a tranquil space which is sheltered by trees and has a vast array of shrubs and plants.’
- ‘Hundreds of trees and shrubs will be planted at Croome Park during December.’
- ‘The islands are very rich floristically, with a high proportion of shrubs and other woody forms.’
- ‘Now the slope is softened and the garden planted with fine ornamental trees and shrubs.’
- ‘Grassland shifts to larger plants like shrubs and if rainfall is high enough, trees.’
- ‘For a short while, as the leaves turn on deciduous trees and shrubs, autumn colours command the stage.’
- ‘Individual trees and shrubs were selected at random from each sub-plot of each forest stand.’
Old English scrubb, scrybb ‘shrubbery’; compare with West Flemish schrobbe ‘vetch’, Norwegian skrubba ‘dwarf cornel’, also with scrub.
1A drink made of sweetened fruit juice and spirits, typically rum or brandy.
2North American A slightly acid cordial made from fruit juice and water.
Early 18th century: from Arabic šurb, šarāb, from šariba ‘to drink’; compare with sherbet and syrup.
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