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[hwahyt-thawrn, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌθɔrn, ˈwaɪt-/
a hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, having white flowers.
Origin of whitethorn
1225-75; Middle English, translation of Latin alba spīna Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for whitethorn
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  • 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.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • 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.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • When she reached the end of whitethorn Gardens she turned to the right along the sea front.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • An hour before I had broken into his rooms at 41 whitethorn Gardens, for the purpose of making sure about him.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • Saddle the wild filly—meet me under the whitethorn bush at the end of the lawn, and we'll both leave him for ever.

    The Ned M'Keown Stories William Carleton
  • whitethorn abloom in May, sedges asway, and scented rushes rustling in an inland wind recall the sea to me—I can't say why.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • But we must not be too far led away by the legendary lore, much less the poetry connected with the whitethorn.

British Dictionary definitions for whitethorn


another name for hawthorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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