hawthorn definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous typically thorny trees or bushes for the genus Crataegus having groups of white or pinkish blossoms and reddish fresh fruits containing several one-seeded nutlets.
    • some of various bushes and little trees for the genus Crataegus having small, apple-like fresh fruits and thorny limbs
    • A thorny shrub or tree (the Cratægus 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 Cratægus cordata, which has the leaves but little lobed.
    • A thorny shrub or little tree, Cratægus Oxyacantha, much used in hedges.
    • A decorative design used in some Oriental wares. See Hawthorn china.
    • a spring-flowering shrub or little tree associated with genus Crataegus

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