From American Spanish agarita, algarita et al., variants of Spanish agrito (“barberry”), probably from agrio (“sour”).
agarita (plural agaritas)
- (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:
- 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.