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[hwahyt-thawrn, wahyt-]
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  1. a hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, having white flowers.

Origin of whitethorn

1225–75; Middle English, translation of Latin alba spīna
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Examples from the Web for whitethorn

Historical Examples

  • At this moment a man's face rose above the whitethorn hedge.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • "He lives at No. 41 Whitethorn Gardens," said the police officer.

  • At the bottom of the packet was a faded sprig of whitethorn.

    The Passionate Elopement

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Tom and Dr. Whitethorn carried the injured boy into the library.

  • When they reached 41 Whitethorn Gardens, she opened the gate, and walked up to the house rapidly.

British Dictionary definitions for whitethorn


  1. another name for hawthorn
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