trailing arbutus

  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

First recorded in 1775–85

Words Nearby trailing arbutus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trailing arbutus in a sentence

  • 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.

  • She was literally a bower of trailing arbutus, as sprays of that spring flower were fastened all over her gown.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for trailing arbutus

trailing arbutus

  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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