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trailing arbutus

noun
1.
Also called arbutus, mayflower. a creeping eastern North American plant, Epigaea repens, of the heath family, having leathery, oval leaves and terminal clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers.
Origin of trailing arbutus
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
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  • She lifted a small cluster of trailing arbutus and gave it to David.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • Little girls were not allowed to invade the grove except in early spring for trailing arbutus.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The trailing arbutus or may-flower of N. America, a plant with fragrant and beautiful blossoms, is Epiga repens, of the same nat.

  • Over trellises ran the tiny morning-glory, with vetch and trailing arbutus.

  • So, too, "mayflower" is more suggestive than "trailing arbutus," and that than Epigæa repens.

  • Arbutus: trailing arbutus (Epigæa repens), sometimes called ground-laurel, and mayflower, fishflower (in New Jersey).

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The trailing arbutus gave out delicate pink blossoms, and the south wind blew apart the petals of the anemone.

    A Cumberland Vendetta John Fox, Jr.
  • The trailing arbutus, the blueberry and the wintergreen are some of our native plants belonging to the same family.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Ever had a smell of trailing arbutus that no perfumer could equal, that all the money in the world could not create?

    The Fall of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Indeed, the season is fairly under way when the trailing arbutus comes.

    Riverby John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for trailing arbutus

trailing arbutus

noun
1.
a creeping evergreen ericaceous plant, Epigaea repens, of E North America, having clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers Also called mayflower
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