from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An herb having a woody lower stem.
- n. A low shrub; an undershrub.
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- n. A low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
Formed by the combination of sub- + shrub after the scientific Latin suffrutex. Compare the earlier undershrub. (Wiktionary)
Dianella consists of about 30 rhizomatous herb or subshrub species, many of which are, like today's plant, native to Australia.