madrones

madrone

[muh-droh-nuh]
noun
1.
any of several evergreen trees belonging to the genus Arbutus, of the heath family, especially A. menziesii (Pacific madrone) of western North America, having red, flaky bark and bearing edible reddish berries.
2.
the pale reddish-brown wood of this tree.
Also, madrona, madroño [muh-drohn-yoh] , madroña [muh-drohn-yuh] .


Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; < American Spanish madroño; Spanish: strawberry tree (ulterior origin uncertain)

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