American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various broad-leaved evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Arbutus, including the madroña and strawberry tree, that are native chiefly to warm regions in the Americas and Europe.
- n. The trailing arbutus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Arbutus.
- n. The trailing arbutus (see below).
- n. [capitalized] A genus of evergreen shrubs or small trees of southern Europe and western North America, natural order Ericaceœ, characterized by a free calyx and a many-seeded berry. The European A. Unedo is called the strawberry-tree from its bright-scarlet berries, and is cultivated for ornament. A. Menziesii is the picturesque and striking madroño-tree of Oregon and California, sometimes reaching a height of 80 feet or more.
- n. Flowering plants in the genus Arbutus, the strawberry tree.
- n. Epigaea repens, the mayflower, the trailing arbutus.
- n. arbute; the wood of the strawberry tree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The strawberry tree, a genus of evergreen shrubs, of the Heath family. It has a berry externally resembling the strawberry; the arbute tree.
- n. any of several evergreen shrubs of the genus Arbutus of temperate Europe and America
- From New Latin Arbutus (genus name), from Latin arbutus. (Wiktionary)
- Latin arbutus, arbutus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“They tell me that the arbutus is particularly fond of pine-woods and light sandy soil.”
“The arbutus is now open everywhere in the woods and groves.”
“Priscilla, or some other winsome and good maiden of the early colonial days, who transplanted to New England this poetic practice, sweet as the fragrant pink and white blossoms of the trailing arbutus, which is especially used to commemorate it.”
“I have heard her regret that the most delicious of all the growths of spring, the ground-sweet, which I think they now call arbutus, would not prosper out of its forest shelter.”
“It, too, is a kind of arbutus, but of great rarity, and found nowhere else except in Italy and Ireland.”
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