[ ag-uh-ree-tuh, ah-guh- ]
/ ˌæg əˈri tə, ˌɑ gə- /


a tall shrub, Mahonia trifoliolata, of the barberry family, of southwestern North America, having stiff, oblong leaflets with spiny teeth and a red fruit used in jelly.

Nearby words

  1. agaric acid,
  2. agaric mineral,
  3. agaricaceous,
  4. agaricin,
  5. agaricus,
  6. agarose,
  7. agartala,
  8. agassi,
  9. agassiz,
  10. agassiz, alexander

Also algerita.

Origin of agarita

1885–90, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish agrito, probably derivative of Spanish agrio bitter, Old Spanish agro < Latin ācr- (stem of ācer sharp) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019