arrayán

noun

ar·​ra·​yán
ˌärəˈyän
plural -s
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Arrayán.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/array%C3%A1n. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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