- The definition of a shrub is a small woody plant with multiple permanent stems that are usually a little smaller than a tree.
A mulberry bush is an example of a shrub.
Origin of shrubEarly Middle English schrubbe ; from Old English scrybb, brushwood, akin to scrub, Danish skrubbe
- a drink made of fruit juice, sugar, and, usually, rum or brandy
- an iced drink made with slightly acid fruit juice and water
Origin of shrubArabic sharāb, a drink: see syrup
Origin of shrubMiddle English, from Old English scrybb; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of shrubFrom Arabic šurb, a drink, from šariba, to drink; see śrb in Semitic roots.
- A woody plant smaller than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same base.
(third-person singular simple present shrubs, present participle shrubbing, simple past and past participle shrubbed)
- 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.