noun ag·a·ri·ta \ˌa-gə-ˈrē-tə, ˌä-\
variants: less commonly



Definition of agarita



  1. :  a shrub (Mahonia trifoliata) of Texas, New Mexico, and adjacent Mexico that yields a yellow dye, a tanning extract, and an ink and produces a bright red berry that is used to make jelly — compare oregon grape

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Origin and Etymology of agarita

borrowed from regional Spanish (Mexico, Texas, U.S. Southwest) agarita, algerita, agrito, agritos, all probably reshaped from agrillo, noun derivative of Spanish agrillo “somewhat sour,” attenuated form of agrio “sour, acidic,” alteration (after agriar “to cause to turn sour”) of Old Spanish agro, going back to Latin ācr-, ācer “sharp, bitter” — more at 1eager

First Known Use: 1886

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to cast off or become cast off

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