California holly

noun

plural California hollies
: toyon
Not only does the Hollywood sign rise from chaparral, but Tinseltown's very name derives from the chaparral plant toyon, or California holly.Peter Fish

Examples of California holly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Participants will forage mistletoe to transform into a decoration, learn about the native California holly and craft ornaments from pine cones. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of California holly was in 1862

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“California holly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/California%20holly. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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