Definition of toyon in English:

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toyon

Pronunciation: /ˈtoiän/

noun

An evergreen Californian shrub of the rose family, the fruiting branches of which are used for Christmas decorations.
  • Heteromeles arbutifolia, family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • Drought-tolerant shrubs range from manzanita, cotoneaster and rockrose to toyon, huckleberry and other varieties of ceanothus.
  • Other good greens for fresh display include camellia, citrus, eucalyptus, holly, nandina, pine, pyracantha, red-wood, toyon, and Western red cedar.
  • The gardens look lush; toyons and hollies bow under the weight of their brilliant scarlet berries, and the rosemary and jasmine are starred with constellations of blossoms.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Mexican Spanish tollón.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: to·yon

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