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toyon

[ toi-on, -ohn ]
/ ˈtɔɪ ɒn, -oʊn /
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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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Also called Christmas berry.

Origin of toyon

1840–50, Americanism; variant of tollon<Mexican Spanish tollón
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