mahonia

noun
ma·ho·nia | \ mə-ˈhō-nē-ə \

Definition of mahonia 

: any of a genus (Mahonia) of American and Asian shrubs (such as the Oregon grape) of the barberry family

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The name Soft Caress tells you this is not your typical mahonia. Norman Winter, idahostatesman, "Soft Caress mahonia magically blooms, bringing in the honeybees | Idaho Statesman," 31 Jan. 2018 Such is the case with Soft Caress mahonia which has quickly become one of my all-time favorite shrubs with shocking yellow blooms when nothing else seems to be happening, and yes, bringing in the bees. Norman Winter, idahostatesman, "Soft Caress mahonia magically blooms, bringing in the honeybees | Idaho Statesman," 31 Jan. 2018 For a 3- to 5-foot hedge, consider dwarf yaupon holly, Chinese mahonia, dwarf sasanqua, dwarf oleander, azaleas, Indian hawthorn, nandina and Rotunda holly. NOLA.com, "How to plant some privacy: 4 tips for growing a hedge," 27 Jan. 2018 It is fringed with evergreen mahonias, plants introduced to Britain by Robert Fortune, a Scottish plant hunter who found them in the 1840s after the first Opium War had prised open the Chinese door. The Economist, "Memories and hallucinationsThe Opium Wars still shape China’s view of the West," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of mahonia

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mahonia

New Latin, from Bernard McMahon †1816 American botanist

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mahonia

noun
ma·ho·nia | \ mə-ˈhō-nē-ə \

Medical Definition of mahonia 

1 capitalized : a genus of North American and Asian shrubs (family Berberidaceae) that have unarmed branches and pinnate leaves and are sometimes included in the genus Berberis

2 : any shrub of the genus Mahonia

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