Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, an undershrub, or very small shrub; a low plant with decidedly woody stems, as the trailing arbutus, American wintergreen, etc.
  • noun A plant with a permanent woody base, but with a herbaceous annual growth above, as the garden-sage, thyme, etc.

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  • noun A subshrub.

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

Etymologies

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From the scientific Latin suffrutex. Cognate with the Italian suffrutice and the Spanish sufrútice.

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