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rowan

[roh-uh n, rou-] /ˈroʊ ən, ˈraʊ-/
noun
1.
the European mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia, having pinnate leaves and clusters of bright red berries.
2.
either of two American mountain ashes, Sorbus americana or S. sambucifolia.
3.
the berry of any of these trees.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Old Norse *raun- in reynir, Norwegian raun
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British Dictionary definitions for rowan

rowan

/ˈrəʊən; ˈraʊ-/
noun
1.
another name for the (European) mountain ash
Word Origin
C16: from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian rogn, raun, Old Norse reynir
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Word Origin and History for rowan
rowan
"mountain ash," 1804, from rowan-tree, rountree (1548), northern English and Scottish, from a Scandinavian source (cf. O.N. reynir, Swed. Ronn "the rowan"), ultimately from the root of red, in reference to the berries. The rowan "was the tree most often credited with protective magical powers against all effects of witchcraft, not merely in Celtic areas but throughout Britain." ["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]
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