Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Gaultheria of evergreen ericaceous shrubs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of ericaceous shrubs with evergreen foliage, and, often, edible berries. It includes the American winter-green (Gaultheria procumbens), and the larger-fruited salal of Northwestern America (Gaultheria Shallon).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large ericaceous genus of evergreen aromatic shrubs or almost herbaceous plants, with axillary nodding flowers and red or blackish fruit consisting of a fleshy calyx inclosing a capsule.

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

  • n. widely distributed genus of creeping or upright evergreen shrubs

Etymologies

From the genus name. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Trees from ten to fifteen feet in diameter and three hundred feet high are not uncommon, and a few attain a height of three hundred and fifty feet, or even four hundred, with a diameter at the base of fifteen to twenty feet or more, while the ground beneath them is a garden of fresh, exuberant ferns, lilies, gaultheria, and rhododendron.

    American Forests

  • There are huckleberries of many species, red, blue, and black, some of them growing close to the ground, others on bushes eight to ten feet high; also salal berries, growing on a low, weak-stemmed bush, a species of gaultheria, seldom more than a foot or two high.

    Steep Trails

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