toyon

[toi-on, -ohn]
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:
1840–50, Americanism; variant of tollon < Mexican Spanish tollón

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toyon

noun
ornamental evergreen treelike shrub of the Pacific coast of the United States having large white flowers and red berrylike fruits; often placed in genus Photinia 
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Toyon is especially beautiful in the fall and winter with its bright red berries.
These pigeons favor pinyon nuts but in poor pinyon years will shift to acorns, toyon or madrone berries where abundant.
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