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toyon

[toi-on, -ohn]
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  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Mary Austin