[ mahy-ten ]

  1. a tree, Maytenus boaria, native to Chile, having narrow leaves and drooping branches, planted as a street tree in Florida and southern California.

Origin of mayten

First recorded in 1805–15; from Latin American Spanish (Argentina, Chile) maitén, from Araucanian mañtun

Words Nearby mayten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use mayten in a sentence

  • The cattle take refuge in sheltered valleys and in the mayten thickets which follow the depressions.

    The Argentine Republic | Pierre Denis