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

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  • n. The mayflower, genus Epigaea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a creeping or trailing plant of the Heath family (Epig├Ža 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.
  • See under Arbutus.

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

  • n. low-growing evergreen shrub of eastern North America with leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers


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  • Epigaea repens (Mayflower or Trailing Arbutus) is a low, spreading shrub in the Ericaceae family. It is found from Newfoundland to Florida, west to Kentucky and the Northwest Territory. It can also be found in parts of Central Europe and Western Africa.

    The species flowers are pink, fading to nearly white, very fragrant, about 1/2 in. across when expanded, few or many in clusters at ends of branches.


    January 25, 2008