trailing arbutus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trailing arbutus low-growing evergreen shrub of eastern North America with leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trailing arbutus (Bot) a creeping or trailing plant of the Heath family (Epigæa repens), having white or usually rose-colored flowers with a delicate fragrance, growing in small axillary clusters, and appearing early in the spring; in New England known as mayflower; -- called also ground laurel.
    • Trailing arbutus (Bot) See under Arbutus.
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Usage

In literature:

It is doubtful whether we should have loved the trailing arbutus any better, had it strayed, as it never did, into our woods.
"A New England Girlhood" by Lucy Larcom
Over trellises ran the tiny morning-glory, with vetch and trailing arbutus.
"The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land" by Ralph Connor
Sad Mayflower: the trailing arbutus.
"Selections From American Poetry" by Various
I know your sort, you trailing arbutus!
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
On one slope the ground is covered with moss, through which the arbutus trails its glories.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Mayflower, n. hawthorn, white thorn; trailing arbutus.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Trailing arbutus and sweet, white garden violets.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
Betty came over; she knew some nooks where the trailing arbutus grew and bloomed.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The wood violets and the trailing arbutus blossomed among the grass.
"Peak's Island" by Ford Paul
Barbara and I explored Duxbury, not for clams, but for another sort of oldest inhabitant, the trailing arbutus.
"Pilgrim Trails" by Frances Lester Warner
On one slope the ground is covered with moss, through which the arbutus trails its glories.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
COMMON NAMES, Trailing Arbutus.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
Arbutus, trailing, 166, 291, 299.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
The apple blossoms were just coming out and the woods were sweet with trailing arbutus.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
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In news:

Trailing arbutus ( Epigaea repens ) is a rare evergreen plant that usually blooms in April in our area.
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