From Middle English schrub, schrob, (also unassibilated as scrub), from Old English *scrob (in placenames) and scrybb (“a shrub; shrubbery; underbrush”); akin to Norwegian skrubbe (“the dwarf cornel tree”).
shrub (plural shrubs)
- A woody plant smaller than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same base.
- bush (plant)
- (obsolete) To lop; to prune.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Anderson (1573) to this entry?)
- (transitive, Kenyan English) To mispronounce a word by replacing its consonant sound(s) with another or others of a similar place of articulation.
- For example, /ʃɹʌb/ → /sɹʌb/
- 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.