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 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, "Presidio at 25: Time moves backward as restoration sites regain their original habitat," 7 Jan. 2017 Though optional, the wild manzanita berries that grow abundantly throughout California make a wonderful addition to this dish. New York Times, "Sean Sherman’s 10 Essential Native American Recipes," 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, "Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years," 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, "Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years," 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, "Fighting fire with fire underused in US West despite goals," 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, "U.S. West struggles to hit goals of fighting fire with fire," 12 Aug. 2019 The paths are surrounded by vegetation and water-wise plants such as succulents, honeysuckle, pincushion flowers, manzanita and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa couple wins Otay Water District contest," 22 July 2019 For those looking for a lakeside campsite on a backpacking trek here, the extra leg to Harrington could provide a nightmare of manzanita and brush, as if caught in a spider web. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Finding solitude on one of California’s prettiest trails," 10 July 2019

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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 26 Nov. 2020.

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