[ ahr-byoo-tuh s ]
/ ɑrˈbyu təs /

noun, plural ar·bu·tus·es.

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.

Origin of arbutus

1545–55; < New Latin, Latin: the wild strawberry tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ɑːˈbjuːtəs) /

noun plural -tuses

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

Word Origin for arbutus

C16: from Latin; related to arbor tree
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