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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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1620s; from May + flower (n.). Used locally for the cowslip, the lady's smock, and other plants that bloom in May.


n. Any of several plants that flower in May - especially the hawthorn (in Britain) and the trailing arbutus (in the US).

Mayflower, AR -- U.S. city in Arkansas
Population (2000): 1631
Housing Units (2000): 872
Land area (2000): 2.929154 sq. miles (7.586474 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.046602 sq. miles (0.120698 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.975756 sq. miles (7.707172 sq. km)
FIPS code: 44750
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 34.968118 N, 92.419603 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 72106
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Mayflower, AR
Mayflower (disambiguation)

__NOTOC__ Mayflower may refer to:

Mayflower (comics)

Mayflower is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. She first appeared in Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (1984).

Mayflower (yacht)

Mayflower was the victorious U.S. defender of the sixth America's Cup in 1886 against English challenger Galatea.

Mayflower (series)

Mayflower is a projected trilogy begun in 1994 by Orson Scott Card & Kathryn H. Kidd. To date only one book in the trilogy has been published. However the second book is currently listed as a work in progress on Card's website.

Mayflower (passenger train)

The Mayflower is a named passenger train service from Kingswear to London Paddington Its starts at Kingswear and ends in London.

The Mayflower name was retained by British Railways and one of the long lines of the First Great Western.

Usage examples of "mayflower".

Wallace-rechristened the Mayflower -ascending into the afternoon sky on its VTOL jets.

By early evening, the Mayflower will have returned to Coyote Base, bringing down Captain Lee and the close-out crew.

The colonel has said little since the Mayflower landed, and he has remained silent while the captain told the story of how Eric Gunther died: heroically, in the line of duty.

Jud Tinsley to discover that both the Mayflower and the Plymouth had been sabotaged.

In a few hours, either the Mayflower or the Plymouth would descend from the sky.

The engineering team borrowed hardware from the Mayflower and worked overtime to install them aboard her sister ship, while the indigenous-fuel converters groaned constantly, sucking in air and filling the wing tanks with supercooled hydrogen for the nuclear engines.

From the number of those articles I have seen, I have come to the conclusion that the captain of the Mayflower did not get back to England with a single article belonging to the ship that was not nailed fast to the deck.

Unlike the Spanish conqueror upon far southern coasts, the leader did not have to burn his ship to retain his followers, for when the Mayflower spread her sails for home, not a man of Plymouth Colony returned on board her.

I would delineate were it not for the presence of the President of the Mayflower Society.

And heroic as was the voyage of the Santa Maria across a trackless sea to an unknown continent, it was the nobler mission of the Mayflower to bring the priceless seeds of principle and liberty which have blossomed in the resplendent development and progress of our great free Republic.

Plymouth I watched the Mayflower threading its way round the shoals and promontories of that intricate bay.

I now have the honor of addressing have thought to recall the great in rank and power filling the gaze of the world as the Mayflower with her company fared forth on their adventurous voyage.

Confront the Mayflower and the Pilgrims with the potentates who occupied such space in the world.

Pilgrim Fathers thought it best for safety and warmth to go on board the Mayflower and pass the night.

And during the night there came up a strong wind blowing off shore that swept the Mayflower from its moorings clear out to sea, and there was a prospect that our Forefathers, having escaped oppression in foreign lands, would yet go down under an oceanic tempest.