- any of the evergreen shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Arbutus, of the heath family, especially A. unedo, of southern Europe, with scarlet berries, cultivated for ornament and food.
- trailing arbutus.
Origin of arbutus
1545–55; < New Latin, Latin: the wild strawberry tree
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Examples from the Web for arbutus
Yes; and I took your hint about the arbutus leaves, too, doctor.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Killarney, the region of the arbutus, boasts of no such tree as this.A Tour in Ireland
Fancy living where you never saw any arbutus or had the joy of picking them.
She placed the box of arbutus in the garden path and laid her hand on his arm.
Oh, the arbutus days, what memories and longings they awaken!The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers
- any of several temperate ericaceous shrubs of the genus Arbutus, esp the strawberry tree of S Europe. They have clusters of white or pinkish flowers, broad evergreen leaves, and strawberry-like berries
- See trailing arbutus
C16: from Latin; related to arbor tree
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