trailing arbutus Word Origin noun
- Also called arbutus, mayflower. a creeping eastern North American plant, Epigaea repens, of the heath family, having leathery, oval leaves and terminal clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers.
Origin of trailing arbutus First recorded in 1775–85 British Dictionary definitions for trailing arbutus trailing arbutus noun
- a creeping evergreen ericaceous plant, Epigaea repens, of E North America, having clusters of fragrant pink or white flowersAlso called: mayflower