toy·​on | \ ˈtȯi-ˌän How to pronounce toyon (audio) \

Definition of toyon

: a chiefly Californian ornamental evergreen shrub (Heteromeles arbutifolia) of the rose family having white flowers succeeded by persistent usually bright red berries

Examples of toyon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider planting a toyon or replacing a non-native shrub with one. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Supposedly, stands of toyon on local hills were mistaken for holly and attached to the name of L.A.'s most famous neighborhood. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2020 Look for toyon right now on trails in Griffith Park, at the George F Canyon Nature Center on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, on the Mishe Mokwa Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains and at other low-elevation areas below 4,000 feet. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2020 The last leg of the trail starts in a eucalyptus grove and becomes grassy and filled with wildflowers; signage names the native plants that surround us — coyote brush, sticky monkey flower, seaside daisy and toyon. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2020 Eventually, the initial plants give way to slower growing, woody species such as manzanita, toyon, lemonade berry and sages. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2019 Mulholland Ridge tilted back toward gold, more opaque, and heavy on toyon and sumac. Josh Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine, 25 June 2018 Moonshine’ yarrow, strawberry tree, California fuchsia, toyon and California pipevine. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 28 July 2017 Maxwell wanted to get rid of her lawn, conserve water and attract wildlife, something she’s accomplished with Sonoma sage, toyon, elderberry and poppies. Marta Yamamoto, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of toyon

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toyon

American Spanish tollon

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“Toyon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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