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.

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