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Oregon grape

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noun Or·e·gon grape \ˈȯr-i-gən-, ˈär-, -ˌgän-\

Definition of Oregon grape

  1. :  an evergreen shrub (Mahonia aquifolium) of the barberry family that has yellow flowers, bears edible bluish-black berries, and is native to western North America



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Origin of oregon grape

Oregon, state of the United States


First Known Use: circa 1857


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Oregon grape

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noun Or·e·gon grape \ˌȯr-i-gən-, ˌär-, -ˌgän-\

Medical Definition of Oregon grape

  1. :  an evergreen shrub of the genus Mahonia (M. aquifolium) having a rhizome and roots from which various alkaloids (as berberine) are obtained



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