Definitions for mahoniaməˈhoʊ ni ə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ma•ho•ni•aməˈhoʊ ni ə(n.)(pl.)-ni•as.
any of various evergreen shrubs belonging to the genus Mahonia, of the barberry family, including the Oregon grape.
Origin of mahonia:
< NL (1818), after Bernard McMahon (c1775–1816), U.S. botanist, born in Ireland; see -ia
Mahonia, genus Mahonia(noun)
evergreen shrubs and small trees of North and Central America and Asia
Any of the genus Mahonia of evergreen shrubs.
Origin: From the genus name.
the Oregon grape, a species of barberry (Berberis Aquifolium), often cultivated for its hollylike foliage
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A plant genus in the family BERBERIDACEAE. Oregon Grape was discovered in North America and classified by Pursh as a BERBERIS but Nuttall claimed it is different enough to call it a new genus, MAHONIA. Now botanists insist on Berberis while horticulturists stay with this genus. It is a source of BERBERINE.