from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various broad-leaved evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Arbutus of the heath family, including the madrone and the strawberry tree, that are native chiefly to warm temperate regions of the Americas and Europe.
  • noun The trailing arbutus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Arbutus.
  • noun The trailing arbutus (see below).
  • noun [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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Flowering plants in the genus Arbutus, the strawberry tree.
  • noun Epigaea repens, the mayflower, the trailing arbutus.
  • noun arbute; the wood of the strawberry tree.

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

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


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

[Latin arbutus.]

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From New Latin Arbutus (genus name), from Latin arbutus.



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    March 19, 2008

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  • 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

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

    March 19, 2008

  • 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