trailing arbutus


Examples of trailing arbutus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Wisconsin Blue Book, school children in 1908 nominated four candidates for the state flower: the wood violet, wild rose, trailing arbutus and white water lily. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2024 Flower: Wood violet The wood violet was chosen in 1908 when Wisconsin schoolchildren nominated four candidates: the wood violet, the wild rose, the trailing arbutus and the white water lily. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2023 Kettering had long been impressed by the way that leaves of the trailing arbutus plant could turn red even when covered by a layer of snow, somehow capturing the energy of the sun’s rays more effectively than other plants. Steven Johnson, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trailing arbutus was in 1785

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“Trailing arbutus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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trailing arbutus

: a trailing plant of eastern North America that belongs to the heath family and produces fragrant pink or white flowers in early spring

called also arbutus

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