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mahonia Line breaks: ma¦ho|nia
Pronunciation: /məˈhəʊnɪə/

Definition of mahonia in English:


An evergreen shrub of the barberry family, which produces clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers followed by purple or black berries, native to eastern Asia and North and Central America.
  • Genus Mahonia, family Berberidaceae
Example sentences
  • With its bright yellow wood, the evergreen mahonia is very attractive just now, with its holly-like foliage, scented yellow flowers and black berries.
  • Generally, pruning should be done on shrubs which flower before mid-summer as soon as flowering is over, including winter-flowering viburnums and mahonias, Ribes sanguineum, weigela and Spiraea ‘Arguta’.
  • Many birds love berries of barberry, beautyberry, cotoneaster, currant, elderberry, gooseberry, holly, mahonia, mountain ash, nandina, pyracantha, and strawberry tree (not all plants grow in every zone).


Modern Latin, named after Bernard Mc Mahon (circa1775–1816), American botanist.

Words that rhyme with mahonia

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