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

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Origin and Etymology of arbutus

New Latin, from Latin, strawberry tree

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Arbutus

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noun Ar·bu·tus \är-ˈbyüt-əs\

Medical Definition of Arbutus

  1. :  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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