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.
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
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
They tell me that the arbutus is particularly fond of pine-woods and light sandy soil.
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The arbutus is now open everywhere in the woods and groves.
Priscilla, or some other winsome and good maiden of the early colonial days, who transplanted to New England this poetic practice, sweet as the fragrant pink and white blossoms of the trailing arbutus, which is especially used to commemorate it.
I have heard her regret that the most delicious of all the growths of spring, the ground-sweet, which I think they now call arbutus, would not prosper out of its forest shelter.
It, too, is a kind of arbutus, but of great rarity, and found nowhere else except in Italy and Ireland.
If the latest edition of this ‘exhaustive’ dictionary still defines it as ‘arbutus – trailing arbutus, try the RH book company’s dictionary or another helpful one.
M-W once again wasted my time (arbutus – trailing arbutus).
My latest dismal attempt was with the word ‘arbutus’.
* References: Massif des Maures = local mountain range; "La Voisine" means "neighbor" -- meet mine via her knitting blog; une ruelle (f) = narrow street; une arbouse (f) = arbutus-berry [from the wild strawberry tree]