[ toi-on, -ohn ]
/ ˈtɔɪ ɒn, -oʊn /
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.
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Also called Christmas berry.
Origin of toyon
1840–50, Americanism; variant of tollon<Mexican Spanish tollón
Words nearby toyon
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Example sentences from the Web for toyon
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
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