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Any of various shrubs classified either in the genus Mahonia or the genus Berberis, such as the Oregon grape.
[New Latin Mahonia, genus name, after Bernard McMahon (c. 1775-1816), Irish-born American botanist .]
(Plants) any evergreen berberidaceous shrub of the Asian and American genus Mahonia, esp M. aquifolium: cultivated for their ornamental spiny divided leaves and clusters of small yellow flowers
[C19: New Latin, named after Bernard McMahon (died 1816), American botanist]
ma•ho•ni•a(məˈhoʊ ni ə)
n., pl. -ni•as.
any of various evergreen shrubs belonging to the genus Mahonia, of the barberry family, including the Oregon grape.
[< New Latin (1818), after Bernard McMahon (c1775–1816), U.S. botanist, born in Ireland; see -ia]
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magnoliid dicot genus - genus of dicotyledonous flowering plants regarded as among the most primitive of extant angiosperms