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Meaning of hawthorn by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Crataegus laevigata


    From Old English hagaþorn, hæguþorn, from haga ( “enclosure, hedge” ) + þorn ( “thorn” )


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈhɔː.θɔːn/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈhɑ.θɔɹn/


    hawthorn ( plural: hawthorns )

    1. Any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Crataegus having small, apple-like fruits and thorny branches


    • ( a Cratageus ): albaspine, may

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    See also

    • Hawthorn on Wikipedia .
    • Wikispecies-logo.svg Cratageus on Wikispecies.

Explanation of hawthorn by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus

    Definition of hawthorn by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hawthorn ( hathôrn ), n. [AS. hagaþorn, hægþorn. See Haw a hedge, and Thorn.] ( Bot. ) A thorny shrub or tree ( the Crataegus oxyacantha ), having deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American hawthorn is Crataegus cordata, which has the leaves but little lobed.

      Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade

      To shepherds? Shak.