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 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, "This San Francisco hike offers nature, history — and unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge," 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, "Native plants return to fire-scorched hillsides in Carlsbad," 17 June 2019 Mulholland Ridge tilted back toward gold, more opaque, and heavy on toyon and sumac. Josh Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine, "Honey Made by Bees in Different Parts of L.A. All Tastes Wonderfully Different," 25 June 2018 Moonshine’ yarrow, strawberry tree, California fuchsia, toyon and California pipevine. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Protect your home from wildfire – before it’s too late," 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, "See how your yard can go native at annual East Bay garden tour," 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 10 Aug. 2020.

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