agarita

agarita

[ag-uh-ree-tuh, ah-guh-]
noun
a tall shrub, Mahonia trifoliolata, of the barberry family, of southwestern North America, having stiff, oblong leaflets with spiny teeth and a red fruit used in jelly.
Also, algerita.


Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish agrito, probably derivative of Spanish agrio bitter, Old Spanish agro < Latin ācr- (stem of ācer sharp)

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