- an evergreen shrub or tree, Arbutus unedo, of the heath family, native to southern Europe, bearing a scarlet, strawberrylike fruit.
Origin of strawberry tree
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Arbute, r′būt, n. the strawberry-tree: an evergreen shrub, which bears a scarlet fruit somewhat resembling the strawberry.
- a S European evergreen tree, Arbutus unedo, having white or pink flowers and red strawberry-like berriesSee also arbutus
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