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Meaning of SCRUB

Pronunciation:  skrub

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
  2. [n]  dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
  3. [adj]  (of domestic animals) not selectively bred
  4. [v]  wash thoroughly; of surgeons before an operation
  5. [v]  clean with hard rubbing; "She scrubbed his back"

SCRUB is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bush, chaparral, scour, scouring, scrub up, scrubbing, unimproved
 See Also: cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, flora, holystone, lave, mopping, rub, swabbing, vegetation, wash



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scrub\, n.
    1. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and
       impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also,
       brush. See {Brush}, above.
  2. \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scrubbed}
    (skr[u^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Scrubbing}.] [OE. scrobben,
    probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. sckrubbe, Sw.
    skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]
    To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet
    brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of
    cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
  3. \Scrub\, v. i.
    To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour;
    hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a
  4. \Scrub\, n.
    1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. ``A
       sorry scrub.'' --Bunyan.
             We should go there in as proper a manner possible;
             nor altogether like the scrubs about us.
    2. Something small and mean.
    3. A worn-out brush. --Ainsworth.
    4. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the
       prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
    5. (Stock Breeding) One of the common live stock of a region
       of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when
       inferior in size, etc. [U.S.]
    {Scrub bird} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian passerine bird of the
       family {Atrichornithid[ae]}, as {Atrichia clamosa}; --
       called also {brush bird}.
    {Scrub oak} (Bot.), the popular name of several dwarfish
       species of oak. The scrub oak of New England and the
       Middle States is {Quercus ilicifolia}, a scraggy shrub;
       that of the Southern States is a small tree ({Q.
       Catesb[ae]i}); that of the Rocky Mountain region is {Q.
       undulata}, var. Gambelii.
    {Scrub robin} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian singing bird of the
       genus {Drymodes}.
  5. \Scrub\, a.
    Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
          How solitary, how scrub, does this town look!
          No little scrub joint shall come on my board. --Swift.
    {Scrub game}, a game, as of ball, by unpracticed players.
    {Scrub race}, a race between scrubs, or between untrained
       animals or contestants.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A community of shrubs.