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firethorn

[fahyuh r-thawrn] /ˈfaɪərˌθɔrn/
noun
1.
any of several evergreen, thorny Asian shrubs belonging to the genus Pyracantha, of the rose family, many species of which are cultivated for their foliage and ornamental fruits.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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firethorn

/ˈfaɪəˌθɔːn/
noun
1.
any rosaceous evergreen spiny shrub of the genus Pyracantha, of SE Europe and Asia, having bright red or orange fruits: cultivated for ornament
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(Pyracantha), any of a genus of usually thorny evergreen shrubs, in the rose family (Rosaceae), native to southeastern Europe and Asia. Firethorns are planted as ornamentals for their showy, berrylike fruits; they are also used as hedges and are often espaliered (trained to grow flat against walls and fences). They have small oval leaves on short leafstalks and clusters of small white flowers followed by orange to reddish fruits that cling to the stems well into winter.

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