American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Arctostaphylos, found in the western United States. These are, especially, A. tomentosa, a shrub from 2 to 6 feet high; A. pungens, the most common manzanita, abounding everywhere on dry ridges, whether on the coast or at great elevations; and A. glauca, the great-berried manzanita, distinguished by its larger solid fruit, with a large five-celled stone.
- n. Any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Arctostaphylos, having smooth red or orange bark and stiff, twisting branches.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- 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
- Spanish, diminutive of manzana, apple; see manchineel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I do not think we have any "manzanita" - cannot think what tree you are looking at.”
“The manzanita is another pretty bush, with pink bells that ripen to small scarlet apples in the fall.”
“Shelley Estelle, Presidio TrustThe Franciscan manzanita, which is said to be thriving in its new, undisclosed spot at the Presidio.”
“Common California species such as manzanita, western hemlock, Douglas fir and live oak are also prone to damage by this pest.”
“He now found himself in a nook of several acres, where the oak and manzanita and madrono gave way to clusters of stately redwoods.”
“He dropped down the rough, winding road through covered pasture, with here and there thickets of manzanita and vistas of open glades.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The pitch from the bench to the meadow was steep yet thickly wooded with oaks and manzanita.”
“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.”
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