Oregon grape

Oregon grape

noun
1.
an evergreen shrub, Mahonia aquifolium, of the barberry family, of the western coast of the U.S., having small blue berries and yellow flowers that are the state flower of Oregon.
2.
the berry itself.

Origin:
1850–55

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Oregon grape
 
n
1.  an evergreen berberidaceous shrub, Mahonia aquifolium, of NW North America, having yellow fragrant flowers and small blue edible berries
2.  the berry of this shrub

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oregon grape

any of several species of the genus Mahonia, evergreen shrubs of the barberry family (Berberidaceae) grown for their ornamental value. M. aquifolium, the typical Oregon grape, is 90 cm (3 feet) or more tall and is native to the Pacific coast of North America. It is most used for its foliage: the glossy, leathery leaves, with five to nine leaflets, are spiny-edged like a holly. Small fragrant yellow flowers in terminal clusters precede small blue edible berries that can be made into jelly.

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