Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A low-growing perennial plant having a woody lower stem.

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  • noun A low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base.

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  • noun low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base

Etymologies

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Formed by the combination of sub- +‎ shrub after the scientific Latin suffrutex. Compare the earlier undershrub.

Examples

  • Dianella consists of about 30 rhizomatous herb or subshrub species, many of which are, like today's plant, native to Australia.

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  • *wonders what übershrubs look like*

    April 18, 2008

  • Oooh, fun to say.

    August 6, 2013