ar·​ra·​yán | \ ˌärəˈyän \
plural -s

Definition of arrayán

1 : any of several Mexican trees or shrubs of the genera Psidium, Myrtus, Gaultheria, Pernettya, and Rapanea
2 [American Spanish, from Spanish] in the West Indies
b : any of several plants of the genus Ardisia
3 [American Spanish, from Spanish]
a : an ornamental shrub (Eugenia apiculata synonym Luma apiculata) of Chile with edible black berries
b : a shrub (Eugenia arayan) of Colombia and Ecuador

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History and Etymology for arrayán

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, myrtle, from Arabic ar-rai̯̯ḥān, any fragrant plant

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“Arrayán.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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