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Borrowed from Latin frutex.


frutex (plural frutexes or frutices)

  1. (botany) A plant with a woody, durable stem, but less than a tree; a shrub.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for frutex in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)




Uncertain; proposed derivations include:

Compare Latin fruticare (to sprout).



frutex m (genitive fruticis); third declension

  1. shrub, bush
  2. trunk (of a tree)
  3. (informal) blockhead


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative frutex fruticēs
Genitive fruticis fruticum
Dative fruticī fruticibus
Accusative fruticem fruticēs
Ablative frutice fruticibus
Vocative frutex fruticēs

Derived terms[edit]


  • Portuguese: frútice


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