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trailing arbutus

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
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

a creeping evergreen ericaceous plant, Epigaea repens, of E North America, having clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers Also called mayflower
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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