- any of various evergreen shrubs belonging to the genus Mahonia, of the barberry family, including the Oregon grape.
Origin of mahonia
< New Latin (1818), after Bernard McMahon (c1775–1816), U.S. botanist, born in Ireland; see -ia
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The panicles of mahonia bloom were showing their gold color.Her Father's Daughter
Numerous other species inhabit Asia and America; those of the section Mahonia have pinnate leaves.
Whether the genus Mahonia be a good one or not, the plants composing it are very distinct from the true Berberries.Botany for Ladies
Single specimens of B. Aquifolium, the Mahonia, become very ornamental with age.Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens
Ernest Thomas Cook
- any evergreen berberidaceous shrub of the Asian and American genus Mahonia, esp M. aquifolium: cultivated for their ornamental spiny divided leaves and clusters of small yellow flowers
C19: New Latin, named after Bernard McMahon (died 1816), American botanist
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