American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A low-growing evergreen shrub (Epigaea repens) of eastern North America, having leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers. Also called mayflower.
- n. The mayflower, genus Epigaea.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) a creeping or trailing plant of the Heath family (Epigæa repens), having white or usually rose-colored flowers with a delicate fragrance, growing in small axillary clusters, and appearing early in the spring; in New England known as
mayflower; -- called also ground laurel.
- (Bot.) See under Arbutus.
- n. low-growing evergreen shrub of eastern North America with leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers
“Maidenhair fern stood indubitably in several instances for the pubic hair, once surrounding a cluster of trailing arbutus when talcum powder of that fragrance had been used on the body.”
“Is it not delightful, after the tedious cold and snow, to see the liverworts, and the anemones, the blue violets, and trailing arbutus and columbines blossom one by one?”
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