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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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}.  --Gray.