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Any of several evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Arctostaphylos of the heath family, native to the Pacific coast of North America, especially A. manzanita, having white or pink flowers in drooping panicles and red berrylike fruit.
[Spanish, diminutive of manzana, apple; see manchineel.]
(Botany) an evergreen shrub of western North America
man•za•ni•ta(ˌmæn zəˈni tə)
n., pl. -tas.
any of several W North American shrubs belonging to the genus Arctostaphylos, of the heath family.
[1840–50, Amer.; < Sp, diminutive of manzana apple]
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|Noun||1.||manzanita - chiefly evergreen shrubs of warm dry areas of western North America|
Arctostaphylos andersonii, heartleaf manzanita - erect California shrub having leaves with heart-shaped lobes at the base
Arctostaphylos manzanita, Parry manzanita - erect treelike shrub forming dense thickets and having drooping panicles of white or pink flowers and red berrylike drupes; California
Arctostaphylos tomentosa, downy manzanita, woolly manzanita - erect openly branched California shrub whose twigs are woolly when young
|2.||manzanita - evergreen tree of the Pacific coast of North America having glossy leathery leaves and orange-red edible berries; wood used for furniture and bark for tanning|
arbutus - any of several evergreen shrubs of the genus Arbutus of temperate Europe and America