shrub

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From Old English schrob scrob, or scrobb; akin to Norwegian skrubba the dwarf cornel tree

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shrub (plural shrubs)

  1. A woody plant smaller than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same base.
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shrub (third-person singular simple present shrubs, present participle shrubbing, simple past and past participle shrubbed)

  1. (obsolete) To lop; to prune.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Anderson (1573) to this entry?)
  2. (transitive) (Kenya) To mispronounce a word by replacing its consonant sound(s) with another or others of a similar place of articulation.
    For example, IPA(key): /ʃɹʌb//sɹʌb/ (enPR: shrŭb → srŭb)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic شراب (shiraab, a drink, beverage), شرب (sháriba, to drink), akin to sirup, sherbet

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shrub (plural shrubs)

  1. A liquor composed of vegetable acid, fruit juice (especially lemon), sugar, sometimes vinegar, and a small amount of spirit as a preservative. Modern shrub is usually non-alcoholic, but in earlier times it was often mixed with a substantial amount of spirit such as brandy or rum, thus making it a liqueur.
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