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Definition of scrub:

  1. A low, straggling tree of inferior quality.
  2. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
  3. A worn- out brush.
  4. Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
  5. One of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc.
  6. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
  7. Something small and mean.
  8. To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
  9. 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.
  10. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush. See Brush, above.


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