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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)
Of uncertain origin; proposed derivations include:
- From a root common to Ancient Greek βρύω (brúō, “to swell”) and Proto-Germanic *krūdą (“plant, herb”).
- From Proto-Indo-European *bʰrewd-. Cognates include Old English brēotan (“to break”), Old Irish broth (“awn”) and maybe Lithuanian brùzgas (“bush, shrub”).
- Portuguese: frútice