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Arbutus \Ar"bu*tus\, Arbute \Ar"bute\, n. [L. arbutus, akin to arbor tree.] The strawberry tree, a genus of evergreen shrubs, of the Heath family. It has a berry externally resembling the strawberry; the arbute tree.

Trailing arbutus (Bot.), a creeping or trailing plant of the Heath family ( Epig[ae]a 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.


n. (context archaic English) The wood of the strawberry tree.

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For they could find nothing else upon the Sand, neither arbute, wilding, shrub, nor Thyme.