ETYM Old Eng. brusche, Old Fren. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, French brosse brush, Late Lat. brustia, bruscia, from Old High Germ. brusta, brust, bristle, German borste bristle, bürste brush. Related to Bristle, Browse.
1. A dense growth of bushes; SYN. brushwood, coppice, copse, thicket.
2. A minor short-term fight; SYN. clash, encounter, skirmish.
3. An implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle.
4. A clump of fine wires that conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor.
5. Momentary contact; SYN. light touch.
6. The act of brushing one's hair or teeth; SYN. brushing.
A large wilderness area.
A low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches; SYN. bush.
Perennial woody plant that typically produces several separate stems, at or near ground level, rather than the single trunk of most trees. A shrub is usually smaller than a tree, but there is no clear distinction between large shrubs and small trees.