haw thorn

hawthorn

[haw-thawrn]
noun
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Crataegus, of the rose family, typically a small tree with stiff thorns, certain North American species of which have white or pink blossoms and bright-colored fruits and are cultivated in hedges.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English haguthorn, cognate with Middle Dutch hagedorn, Middle High German hagendorn, Old Norse hagthorn. See haw3, thorn

hawthorny, adjective
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hawthorn (ˈhɔːˌθɔːn)
 
n
may, may tree, Also called (in Britain): mayflower any of various thorny trees or shrubs of the N temperate rosaceous genus Crataegus, esp C. oxyacantha, having white or pink flowers and reddish fruits (haws)
 
[Old English haguthorn from haga hedge + thorn thorn; related to Old Norse hagthorn, Middle High German hagendorn, Dutch haagdoorn]

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hawthorn
O.E. hagaþorn, earlier hæguþorn, from obsolete haw "hedge or encompassing fence" (see haw) + thorn (q.v.). Common Gmc., cf. M.Du., Ger. hagedorn, O.N. hagþorn.
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