Definition of manzanita in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmanzəˈnēdə/


An evergreen dwarf shrub related to the bearberry, native to California.
  • Genus Arctostaphylos, family Ericaceae: several species, in particular A. manzanita.
Example sentences
  • Drought-tolerant shrubs range from manzanita, cotoneaster and rockrose to toyon, huckleberry and other varieties of ceanothus.
  • Farther upland, usually between 3,000 and 5,000 feet, is chaparral, where scrub oaks, manzanitas, and various other shrubs join cacti and yuccas.
  • Cheatgrass, sagebrush, manzanita, and ponderosa pine are all part of the volatile ground fuels mix that surrounds the fast-growing city.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, diminutive of manzana 'apple'.

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Syllabification: man·za·ni·ta

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