Definition of manzanita in English:


Line breaks: man¦za|nita
Pronunciation: /ˌmanzəˈniːtə


  • An evergreen Californian dwarf shrub related to the bearberry.
    • Genus Arctostaphylos, family Ericaceae: several species
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    • 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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