• WordNet 3.6
    • n suffrutex low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suffrutex In botany, an undershrub, or very small shrub; a low plant with decidedly woody stems, as the trailing arbutus, American wintergreen, etc.
    • n suffrutex A plant with a permanent woody base, but with a herbaceous annual growth above, as the garden-sage, thyme, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Suffrutex an under-shrub, a herb with permanent woody base
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sub, under, frutex, a shrub.


In literature:

Herba (v. Suffrutex) erecta ramosa canescens, pube ramosa; foliis lato-linearibus remote dentatis; racemis terminalibus.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
The sward consists of small grasses, Juncus niveus, Gnaphalium, Hypericum of Mollong, suffrutex incertus.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith