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 for Trailing arbutus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trailing \Trail"ing\,
     a. & vb. n. from Trail.
     [1913 Webster]
     Trailing arbutus. (Bot.) See under Arbutus.
     Trailing spring, a spring fixed in the axle box of the
        trailing wheels of a locomotive engine, and so placed as
        to assist in deadening any shock which may occur. --Weale.
     Trailing wheel, a hind wheel of a locomotive when it is not
        a driving wheel; also, one of the hind wheels of a
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  trailing arbutus
      n 1: low-growing evergreen shrub of eastern North America with
           leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white
           flowers [syn: trailing arbutus, mayflower, Epigaea

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