strawberry tree


: a small European evergreen tree (Arbutus unedo) of the heath family with racemose white flowers and fruits resembling strawberries

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For Shade Trees, like a strawberry tree, cool our home with their shade and add height to the landscape. Ashley Goldman, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Feb. 2021 The shrub in your photo looks like a strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). oregonlive, 11 July 2020 The Readers Garden includes an expansive Killarney strawberry tree, along with the ash tree where Joyce took his graduation photograph. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Feb. 2020 The strawberry tree’s leaves also have a sticky protective film that catches fire easily. Raphael Minder,, 17 Aug. 2019 One bushy plant in particular, the strawberry tree, is covered in waxy leaves that catch fire easily, reports Minder. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, 19 Aug. 2019 The goats feed off all the local plants, including the strawberry tree, a bush that is turned by villagers into a liquor called aguardente de medronhos. Raphael Minder,, 17 Aug. 2019 Oak, yellow palo verde and strawberry trees dot the grounds. Jack Flemming,, 22 June 2019 Oak, yellow palo verde and strawberry trees dot the grounds. Jack Flemming,, 22 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strawberry tree was in the 15th century

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“Strawberry tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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