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arbutus

[ahr-byoo-tuh s] /ɑrˈbyu təs/
noun, plural arbutuses.
1.
any of the evergreen shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Arbutus, of the heath family, especially A. unedo, of southern Europe, with scarlet berries, cultivated for ornament and food.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Neo-Latin, Latin: the wild strawberry tree
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  • With the exception of a few berries, chiefly of a dwarf arbutus, the natives eat no vegetable food besides this fungus.
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arbutus

/ɑːˈbjuːtəs/
noun (pl) -tuses
1.
any of several temperate ericaceous shrubs of the genus Arbutus, esp the strawberry tree of S Europe. They have clusters of white or pinkish flowers, broad evergreen leaves, and strawberry-like berries
Word Origin
C16: from Latin; related to arbor tree
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