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  1. 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.
  2. the fruit of one of these shrubs.
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Origin of manzanita

1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish, diminutive of manzana apple; see manchineel
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  • There were delightful drinks too, from the manzanita and the chia.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • 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