The arbutus tree.
arbutus definition by Webster's New World
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- 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: Classical Latin wild strawberry tree
arbutus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various broad-leaved evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Arbutus, including the madroña and strawberry tree, that are native chiefly to warm regions in the Americas and Europe.
- The trailing arbutus.
Origin: Latin arbutus, arbutus.