- any of a genus (Arbutus) of trees or shrubs of the heath family, with dark-green leaves, clusters of white or pinkish flowers, and small strawberrylike fruit; esp., the madroño and the strawberry trees
- a trailing plant (Epigaea repens) of the heath family, with clusters of white or pink flowers
Origin of arbutusL, wild strawberry tree
- Any of various broad-leaved evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Arbutus of the heath family, including the madrone and the strawberry tree, that are native chiefly to warm temperate regions of the Americas and Europe.
- The trailing arbutus.
Origin of arbutusLatin arbutus
From New Latin Arbutus (genus name), from Latin arbutus.