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mountain ash

any of several small trees of the genus Sorbus, of the rose family, having flat-topped clusters of small, white flowers and bright-red to orange berries.
any of certain other trees, as several Australian species of eucalyptus.
Origin of mountain ash
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Perhaps the most tenacious of life was that concerning the rowan-tree or mountain-ash.

  • Pyrus Americana (American mountain-ash), common along shores.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
  • In addition to these larches he planted a little grove of beech, pine, and mountain-ash.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho Ann Radcliffe
  • Sibyl always regarded his offer under the mountain-ash as the second time.

    A Devotee Mary Cholmondeley
  • For though it is fond of worms, and dotes on the berries of the mountain-ash, it has a perfect passion for snails.

    Birds of the wave and woodland Phil (Philip Stewart) Robinson
  • Singing to them, sitting on a mountain-ash tree, is a sleek robin.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • I shall look forth from my window, the laburnum and the mountain-ash becoming mere silhouettes in the foreground of my vision.

  • The mountain-ash berries across the field stood fierily out from the dark leaves, for a moment.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Autumn will make the boughs of my mountain-ash scarlet, and, later, the asbestos in my grate will put forth its blossoms of flame.

  • It should be taken into account, however, that the mountain-ash is not long-lived, and that this was already an old tree.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for mountain-ash

mountain ash

any of various trees of the rosaceous genus Sorbus, such as S aucuparia (European mountain ash or rowan), having clusters of small white flowers and bright red berries
any of several Australian eucalyptus trees, such as Eucalyptus regnans
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