manzanita

noun
man·​za·​ni·​ta | \ ˌman-zə-ˈnē-tə How to pronounce manzanita (audio) \

Definition of manzanita

: any of various western North American evergreen shrubs (genus Arctostaphylos) of the heath family with alternate leaves

Examples of manzanita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plantings and grasses are drought-tolerant, including Arctostaphylos ‘Louis Edmunds,’ a durable upright manzanita. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021 The 3-mile summit trail (6 miles roundtrip) is a fire road flanked by old oaks and manzanita that winds gradually up the slope, eventually opening into magnificent panoramic views of the lake and valley below. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 This particular manzanita species was thought to be extinct outside of nurseries until 2009, when one was discovered growing in the Presidio of San Francisco and later moved to a secret location. San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Jan. 2017 Though optional, the wild manzanita berries that grow abundantly throughout California make a wonderful addition to this dish. New York Times, 7 Nov. 2019 The moisture content of manzanita and chemise, two plants scientists regularly measure to gauge fire risk across California, is about 20% higher now in the Bay Area than average, Clements said. Paul Rogers, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2019 The moisture content of manzanita and chemise, two plants scientists regularly measure to gauge fire risk across California, is about 20 percent higher now in the Bay Area than average, Clements said. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 23 Aug. 2019 In Kings Canyon, firefighters returned in June to burn different segments along a narrow strip of pines, cedars and manzanita between the raging Kings River and a road that ends in the canyon. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2019 In Kings Canyon, firefighters returned in June to burn different segments along a narrow strip of pines, cedars and manzanita between the raging Kings River and a road that ends in the canyon. Brian Melley, The Denver Post, 12 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of manzanita

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manzanita

American Spanish, diminutive of Spanish manzana apple

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“Manzanita.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manzanita. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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