cotoneaster

cotoneaster

[kuh-toh-nee-as-ter, kot-n-ee-ster]
noun
any of various shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Cotoneaster, of the rose family, having white or pink flowers and bearing a red or black, berrylike fruit, grown as an ornamental.

Origin:
1789; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin cotōne(a) quince + -aster -aster2

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cotoneaster (kəˌtəʊnɪˈæstə)
 
n
any Old World shrub of the rosaceous genus Cotoneaster: cultivated for their small ornamental white or pinkish flowers and red or black berries
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin cotōneumquince]

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cotoneaster

(genus Cotoneaster), any of about 50 species of shrubs or small trees, of the rose family (Rosaceae), native to temperate Eurasia. Many species have been introduced into other temperate regions. Cotoneasters are widely cultivated for their attractive growth habit, small white to pink flowers, and small but showy red to black fruit. The leaves are alternate and smooth-edged. The flowers have five petals and sepals and are usually borne in clusters. The fruit is about 8 mm (0.25 inch) in diameter and contains two to five stones.

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