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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The strawberry tree, a genus of evergreen shrubs, of the Heath family. It has a berry externally resembling the strawberry; the arbute tree.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several evergreen shrubs of the genus Arbutus of temperate Europe and America

Etymologies

Latin arbutus, arbutus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin Arbutus (genus name), from Latin arbutus. (Wiktionary)

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  • Ah, how I pity the young dead who gave
    All that they were, and might become, that we
    With tired eyes should watch this perfect sea
    Re-weave its patterning of silver wave
    Round scented cliffs of arbutus and bay.

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Young Dead'.

    September 21, 2009

  • It is fun to say, though. Arbutus. Arbutus. Arbutus.

    March 19, 2008

  • We have arbutus in my area. They are extremely picky and will only grow where there is exactly the right combination of sun / rain / proximity to the seashore, i.e. they are an evolutionary flop, and consequently quite charming with their soft peeling bark and deferential posture.

    March 19, 2008

  • See also arbutus

    March 19, 2008

  • usage on micaceous

    March 19, 2008