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.

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)
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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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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Example sentences
Hawthorn strengthens your heart and when it does that, your circulation improves.
There had been another frost, the perfect time to go hunting for rose hips and hawthorn berries.
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