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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. small fast-running Australian bird resembling a wren and frequenting brush or scrub;
[syn: scrubbird, scrub-bird, scrub bird]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

scrub bird n 1: small fast-running Australian bird resembling a wren and frequenting brush or scrub [syn: scrubbird, scrub-bird, scrub bird]