ar·​bu·​tus | \ är-ˈbyü-təs How to pronounce arbutus (audio) \

Definition of arbutus

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 : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Common woods used included arbutus, bog oak and yew. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Celebrating our Celtic influences: Yenke Peddler antiques," 12 Mar. 2020 As hummingbirds dart among arbutus trees, the gardenias and carissa flowering beneath a jacaranda scent the air near the door. Emily Young, Los Angeles Times, "A tranquil garden getaway amid the hustle and bustle of Westwood," 3 Aug. 2019 Where the rocks had spalled, the ledges were covered in moss and spiked with twisted red arbutus trees. New York Times, "Sailing Into Today on a Boat From Our Past," 26 Jan. 2018 The flowers include red trillium, trailing arbutus and pink moccasin flower. Grant Segall,, "Scenic Hach-Otis Sanctuary in Lake County expands, adds rich floodplains (photos)," 14 May 2017 Keeping neighborhood covenants about tree height in mind, Crooks brought in mature trees like katsura, maples and arbutus for screening, planting dark-leafed smoke bushes for contrast. Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times, "Designer Stacie Crooks creates an enhancing garden in Innis Arden," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of arbutus

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arbutus

New Latin, from Latin, strawberry tree

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“Arbutus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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Ar·​bu·​tus | \ är-ˈbyüt-əs How to pronounce Arbutus (audio) \

Medical Definition of Arbutus

: a genus of shrubs and trees of the heath family (Ericaceae) having white or pink flowers and scarlet berries and including some from which arbutin is obtained

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