Manzanita definition

mănzə-nētə
Any of several evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Arctostaphylos of the heath family, native to the Pacific coast of North America, especially A. manzanita, having white or pink flowers in drooping panicles and red berrylike fruit.
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Any of several shrubs or small trees (genus Arctostaphylos) of the heath family, found in the W U.S.
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Any evergreen shrub or tree of the genus Arctostaphylos, having smooth red or orange bark and stiff, twisting branches.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
manzanita
Plural:
manzanitas

Origin of manzanita

  • Spanish diminutive of manzana apple manchineel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition