- any of several western North American shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Arctostaphylos, of the heath family, having leathery leaves and clusters of white to pink flowers.
- the fruit of one of these shrubs.
Origin of manzanita
1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish, diminutive of manzana apple; see manchineel
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Examples from the Web for manzanita
There were delightful drinks too, from the manzanita and the chia.Her Father's Daughter
There under a manzanita bush, huddled and still, lay a figure.
It is the roots and root-shoots of manzanita and other shrubs.Glimpses of Three Coasts
Helen Hunt Jackson
Here there was a spring, a thicket of manzanita, and a small ruin of a house.Motor Matt's Mystery
Stanley R. Matthews
They live on manzanita berry meal, pine-nuts, and grasshoppers.The Little Lady of Lagunitas
Richard Henry Savage