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Definition of SCRUB

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Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), a.
     Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
     [1913 Webster]

           How solitary, how scrub, does this town look!
                                                    --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

           No little scrub joint shall come on my board. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     {Scrub game}, a game, as of ball, by unpracticed players.

     {Scrub race}, a race between scrubs, or between untrained animals or contestants. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Scrub \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. skrubbe, 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), 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 living. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), n.
     1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. "A sorry scrub." --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

              We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us.
                                                    --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

     2. Something small and mean.
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     3. A worn-out brush. --Ainsworth.
        [1913 Webster]

     4. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc. [1913 Webster]

     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.] [1913 Webster]

     6. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush; -- called also {scrub brush}. See {Brush}, above. [Australia & South Africa] [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

     7. (Forestry) A low, straggling tree of inferior quality. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {Scrub bird} (Zool.), an Australian passerine bird of the family {Atrichornithidae}, 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 ({Quercus Catesbaei}); that of the Rocky Mountain region is {Quercus undulata}, var. Gambelii.

     {Scrub robin} (Zool.), an Australian singing bird of the genus {Drymodes}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

234 Moby Thesaurus words for "scrub":
     a nobody, a nothing, abandon, ablate, ablation, ablution, abort, abrade, abrase, abrasion, abrasive, afforestation, arboretum, attrition, baptize, bark, bath, bathe, belay, boondocks, bramble, brier, brier bush, brush, brushwood, buff, buffing, burnishing, bush, bushveld, call off, cancel, cease, chafe, chafing, chase, cipher, cleaning out, cleanse, climax forest, cloud forest, common man, cut it out, dendrology, desist, detrition, discontinue, do away with, douche, douching, dressing, drop, drop it, dummy, elution, elutriation, end, enema, erase, erasure, erode, erosion, figurehead, file, filing, flush, flush out, flushing, flushing out, forest, forest land, forest preserve, forestry, fray, frazzle, fret, fretting, fringing forest, gall, gallery forest, galling, gargle, give over, give up, gnaw, gnaw away, grate, graze, grazing, greenwood, grind, grinding, halt, hanger, have done with, hold, holystone, index forest, insignificancy, irrigate, irrigation, jackstraw, jungle, jungles, knock it off, lather, lathering, launder, lavabo, lavage, lavation, lave, laving, lay off, leave off, lightweight, limation, little fellow, little guy, man of straw, mediocrity, mop, mop up, mopping, mopping up, national forest, nebbish, nobody one knows, nonentity, obscurity, palmetto barrens, park, park forest, pine barrens, pip-squeak, polish, polishing, poor relation, primeval forest, protection forest, punk, quit, rain forest, rasp, rasping, raze, reforestation, refrain, relinquish, renounce, rinse, rinse out, rinsing, ritually immerse, rub, rub away, rub off, rub out, rubbing away, runt, sandblasting, sanding, scour, scouring, scrape, scraping, scratch, scratching, scrub up, scrubbing, scrubbing up, scrubland, scrubwood, scuff, secondary, selection forest, shampoo, shining, shower, shrimp, shrub, shrubbery, shrubland, shrubwood, silviculture, skin, sluice, sluice out, small fry, small potato, small potatoes, smoothing, soap, soaping, sponge, sponging, sprout forest, squirt, squit, stand of timber, state forest, stay, stop, subaltern, subordinate, swab, swabbing, syringe, terminate, timber, timberland, toivel, tree veld, tub, underling, understrapper, virgin forest, wash, wash out, wash up, washing, washing up, washout, washup, wear, wear away, wearing away, whiffet, whippersnapper, wildwood, wiping up, wood, woodland, woods


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