Definition of Oregon grape

1. Noun. Small shrub with grey-green leaves and yellow flowers followed by glaucous blue berries.

Exact synonyms: Mahonia Nervosa
Generic synonyms: Bush, Shrub



2. Noun. Ornamental evergreen shrub of Pacific coast of North America having dark green pinnate leaves and racemes of yellow flowers followed by blue-black berries.

Definition of Oregon grape

1. Noun. An evergreen shrub (''Mahonia aquifolium'') native to the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada, having broadly serrated, glossy leaves and clusters of yellow flowers that develop into dark bluish-purple fruits. Also called '''tall Oregon grape'''. ¹

2. Noun. Any of various related shrubs of the ''Mahonia'' genus, also known by names including '''dwarf Oregon grape''', '''Cascade Oregon grape''', and '''creeping Oregon grape'''. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Oregon grape

1. An evergreen species of barberry (Berberis Aquifolium), of Oregon and California; also, its roundish, blue-black berries. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Oregon grape

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Souvenir of Western Women by Mary Osborn Douthit (1905)
"THE Oregon grape Type of the sturdy, invincible West, Lifting her head with the bravest and best, Grows the wild holly—our Oregon queen— Shining in raiment ..."

2. Appleton's New Practical Cyclopedia: A New Work of Reference Based Upon the edited by Marcus Benjamin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick, Gerald Van Casteel, George Jotham Hagar (1920)
"R. pinnata of Oregon bears blue, acid berries, and is sometimes called the Oregon grape. ... Oregon grape ..."

3. Oregon: Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature by John B. Horner (1919)
"Then, upon the motion of Mr. Himes, the Oregon grape was adopted. ... The Oregon Grape (Ber- beris Aquifolium) is one of the prettiest native shrubs of the ..."

4. Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants: A Book of Valuable Information for by Arthur Robert Harding (1908)
"The rootstock and roots of Oregon grape are more or less knotty, in irregular pieces of ... Oregon grape root has a very bitter taste and very slight odor. ..."

5. Journal of Materia Medica (1878)
"On that account it seems they are indiscriminately called Oregon grape; it will at least be observed from the statements below, that Pursh included Herb, ..."

6. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1914)
"A few good plants, however, are, Oregon grape (Mahonia), bearberry 1+5$. ... The Oregon grape is perhaps the most useful evergreen there for ground-covering ..."

7. King's American Dispensatory by John King, Harvey Wickes Felter, John Uri Lloyd (1905)
"COMMON NAMES: Mountain grape, Oregon grape. ILLUSTRATIONS: Pursh,Vol. ... The fruit, which is known as "Oregon grape," is a cluster of purple berries, ..."

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