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[toi-on, -ohn] /ˈtɔɪ ɒn, -oʊn/
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.
Also called Christmas berry.
Origin of toyon
1840-50, Americanism; variant of tollon < Mexican Spanish tollón Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the death of a toyon, or chief, one of his slaves is killed and burned with him.

  • And so Mary and I came with a garden-trowel and a glass fruit-jar to the foot of the big Monterey pine near the toyon.

    Insect Stories Vernon L. Kellogg
  • A little bank that runs from the wickiup to the toyon bushes is covered with white forget-me-nots.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin

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