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arbutus

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noun ar·bu·tus \är-ˈbyü-təs\

Definition of arbutus

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Arbutus) of shrubs and trees of the heath family with white or pink flowers and red or orange berries

  2. 2 :  a creeping plant (Epigaea repens) of the heath family that occurs in eastern North America and bears fragrant pink or white flowers in early spring



Origin of arbutus

New Latin, from Latin, strawberry tree


First Known Use: 1548

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