Definitions

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  • n. A stunted or shrivelled bush
  • n. The branch of a tree, especially one used as a blazon in Scotland
  • n. The crab-apple tree
  • n. A blackthorn

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stunted shrub, bush, or branch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stunted bush; also, a tract of stunted bushes, thorns, briers, etc.; a thicket; underwood.
  • n. A small branch of a tree broken off; broken boughs and twigs; brushwood.
  • n. In heraldry, a branch of a tree: a blazon sometimes used by Scottish heralds.

Etymologies

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Compare scrag, or Gaelic sgrogag anything shriveled, from sgrag to compress, shrivel.

Examples

  • At any rate, for his argent and or, he got a handsome piece of parchment, blazoned with a white lion for Mowbray, to be borne quarterly, with three stunted or scrog-bushes for Scrogie, and became thenceforth Mr. Scrogie Mowbray, or rather, as he subscribed himself,

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • The conspiracies are that there is an organization that is encouraging trackers to fast track and to preback track and to scrog grannie.

    HH Com 394

  • Once you scrog someone you then turn into a giant grass hopper and you have to wear the name of the person that you scrogged on your back.

    HH Com 394

  • Once I found a scrog of juniper with firm roots, and this gave me a great lift.

    Prester John

  • Half way down there is a scrog of wood, dwarf alders and hawthorn, which makes an arch over the path.

    Prester John

  • John was one day lying under a bush in the scrog, when he was aware of a collie on the far hillside skulking down through the deepest of the heather with obtrusive stealth.

    Memories and Portraits

  • At the foot of the moss behind Kirk Yetton (Caer Ketton, wise men say) there is a scrog of low wood and a pool with a dam for washing sheep.

    Memories and Portraits

  • Long corny walk in Oak Openings Park on one of those rare October days when the sun shines and the leaves look decent in Ohio, holding hands, itching to get some privacy and scrog till they're sore but delaying it because both of them thought this was a happy moment, and surprise, it was

    Mother Of Storms

  • So we had the great days at the burning of heather, and when I would be running with a kindling here and there, and watching the lowes lick into the dry scrog with a hiss before the breeze, I would be thinking much of Dan and Ronny McKinnon and me in the blazing whins, and the gangers and excisemen and riff-raff of that kidney hallooing round us.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • Sometimes a little horse would come out of the darkness with a pack-load on his back, and men would be lifting the load and laying it on the beach, and there would be quiet whispering, and the little horse be led away and swallowed up in the dark among the scrog and bushes.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

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  • Here's one for the heraldry lists.

    January 26, 2016