Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Arctostaphylos of the Pacific coast of North America, especially A. manzanita, bearing white or pink flowers in drooping panicles and producing red berrylike drupes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Arctostaphylos, having smooth red or orange bark and stiff, twisting branches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given to several species of Arctostaphylos, but mostly to Arctostaphylos glauca and Arctostaphylos pungens, shrubs of California, Oregon, etc., with reddish smooth bark, ovate or oval coriaceous evergreen leaves, and bearing clusters of red berries, which are said to be a favorite food of the grizzly bear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Arctostaphylos, found in the western United States.

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

  • n. chiefly evergreen shrubs of warm dry areas of western North America
  • n. evergreen tree of the Pacific coast of North America having glossy leathery leaves and orange-red edible berries; wood used for furniture and bark for tanning

Etymologies

Spanish, diminutive of manzana, apple; see manchineel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I do not think we have any "manzanita" - cannot think what tree you are looking at.

    From First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio

  • The manzanita is another pretty bush, with pink bells that ripen to small scarlet apples in the fall.

    Stories of California

  • Shelley Estelle, Presidio TrustThe Franciscan manzanita, which is said to be thriving in its new, undisclosed spot at the Presidio.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Common California species such as manzanita, western hemlock, Douglas fir and live oak are also prone to damage by this pest.

    Western Farm Press RSS Feed

  • He now found himself in a nook of several acres, where the oak and manzanita and madrono gave way to clusters of stately redwoods.

    Chapter VIII

  • He dropped down the rough, winding road through covered pasture, with here and there thickets of manzanita and vistas of open glades.

    Chapter VIII

  • In the open spaces on the slope, beyond the farthest shadow-reach of the manzanita, poised the mariposa lilies, like so many flights of jewelled moths suddenly arrested and on the verge of trembling into flight again.

    All Gold Canon

  • This was due mainly to her efforts, while Daylight, who rode with a short-handled ax on his saddle-bow, cleared the little manzanita wood on the rocky hill of all its dead and dying and overcrowded weaklings.

    Chapter XXV

  • The pitch from the bench to the meadow was steep yet thickly wooded with oaks and manzanita.

    CHAPTER XVII

  • The man scratched his head perplexedly and looked a few feet up the hill at the manzanita bush that marked approximately the apex of the "V."

    All Gold Canon

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  • manzano was the name of my preschoool, and I was not the apple of my teacher's eye.

    September 4, 2009

  • small saucy apples blooms

    September 4, 2009

  • A fire was laid behind the screen and partly masked by a large spray of manzanita bloom.
    --Raymond Chandler, 1943, The Lady in the Lake, chapter 3

    September 4, 2009

  • Citation on arroyo.

    August 26, 2008