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From American Spanish agarita, algarita et al., variants of Spanish agrito (barberry), probably from agrio (sour).


agarita (plural agaritas)

  1. (US, regional) A rounded evergreen barberry, Mahonia trifoliolata, native to the United States and Mexico, or its berry.
    • 2007 June 17, Paula Disbrowe, “The Year of the Goat”, in New York Times[1]:
      A cow would find no joy in scampering up craggy hills to nibble nothing more than an agarita bush.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 28:
      An agarito was cutting into me.