- 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.
Origin of hawthorn
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The elms are in tenderest leaf, the hawthorn bursting into flower.The Conquest of Fear
The bottom of hawthorn hedges may be conveniently thickened, by putting in some plants of common sweet briar, or barberry.
I suppose there is no question but that all nice people like hawthorn blossom.Proserpina, Volume 1
A remblai, also topped with hawthorn, lies a little to the north of this road.The Old Front Line
There were hedges covered with hawthorn, and the scent of it reached us as we rushed past.Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
- 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)Also called (in Britain): may, may tree, mayflower
Old English haguthorn from haga hedge + thorn thorn; related to Old Norse hagthorn, Middle High German hagendorn, Dutch haagdoorn
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Word Origin and History for hawthorn
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