- an evergreen, rosaceous shrub or small tree, Heteromeles arbutifolia (or Photinia arbutifolia), of California and northern Mexico, having clusters of small, white flowers and bright red berries.
Origin of toyon
1840–50, Americanism; variant of tollon < Mexican Spanish tollón
Also called Christmas berry.
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Examples from the Web for toyon
On the death of a toyon, or chief, one of his slaves is killed and burned with him.The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies
Robert Gordon Latham
And so Mary and I came with a garden-trowel and a glass fruit-jar to the foot of the big Monterey pine near the toyon.Insect Stories
Vernon L. Kellogg
A little bank that runs from the wickiup to the toyon bushes is covered with white forget-me-nots.The Arrow-Maker