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[kuh-toh-nee-as-ter, kot-n-ee-ster]
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  1. any of various shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Cotoneaster, of the rose family, having white or pink flowers and bearing a red or black, berrylike fruit, grown as an ornamental.
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Origin of cotoneaster

1789; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin cotōne(a) quince + -aster -aster2
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Historical Examples

  • The leaves of Cotoneaster horizontalis turn from green to rich shades of chocolate or crimson.

    Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens

    Ernest Thomas Cook

  • Cotoneaster buxifolia or Wheeleri, is a fine strong-growing evergreen for almost any soil.

British Dictionary definitions for cotoneaster


  1. any Old World shrub of the rosaceous genus Cotoneaster: cultivated for their small ornamental white or pinkish flowers and red or black berries
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Latin cotōneum quince
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