from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to, resembling, or assuming the form of a shrub; shrubby.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Imperfectly resembling a shrub.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat shrubby in character; imperfectly shrubby, as the American species of Wisteria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In bot, having the appearance or habit of a shrub; shrubby, or becoming shrubby: as, a frutescent stem.


Latin frutex, shrub, bush + -escent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A 1750, from Latin frutex ("shrub") + -escent ("becoming, resembling") (Wiktionary)


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  • In Israel, trees such as Conocarpus erectus, Eucalyptus sargentii, and Melaleuca halmaturorum, and shrubs such as Maireana sedifolia, Borrichea frutescent, and Clerodendrum inerme are sold for amenity planting to allow irrigation with saline water.

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  • Spathoglottis, and Anthogonium disappear; Xyris continues in abundance, likewise Eriocaulons, especially the middling - sized one; Bucklandia becomes more common and more developed; a frutescent Salix commences at 4,800 feet, as well as a Gramen Avenaceum vel Bromoideum.

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  • In addition to the usual plants a Lagerstraemia occurs, which attains the size of a middling tree, and a frutescent Hypericum, Aristolochia, and

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  • I have said '_lastly_' -- of the orange, for fear of the reader's weariness only; not as having yet represented, far less exhausted, the variety of frutescent form.

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  • The strawberry is a hip turned inside-out, the frutescent receptacle changed into a scarlet ball, or cone, of crystalline and delicious coral, in the outside of which the separate seeds, husk and all, are imbedded.

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  • The torus, or, -- as in this flower from its peculiar form it is called, -- the tube of the calyx, alone forms the frutescent part of the hip; and the complete seeds, husk and all, (the firm triangular husk enclosing an almond-shaped kernel,) are grouped closely in its interior cavity, while the calyx remains on the top in a large and scarcely withering star.

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  • Among these herbaceous plants we find at intervals the Avicennia tomentosa, the Scoparia dulcis, a frutescent mimosa with very irritable leaves, * and particularly cassias, the number of which is so great in South America, that we collected, in our travels, more than thirty new species.

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  • Maybe that's because we don't need a word anymore for having the qualities of a gentleman which is, of course, squiriferous; or having the qualities of shrub, frutescent.

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  • Obs. If this is a stemless species, it will come into my arrangement before A. mberecta; if it is frutescent, (which from its large leaves is very pro - bable,) it is possibly no more than a strong seedling variety of A. ferox; from which, however, it differs very much in the erectness of those leaves, rhodocaniha.

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