[kuh-toh-nee-as-ter, kot-n-ee-ster]
  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.

Origin of cotoneaster

1789; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin cotōne(a) quince + -aster -aster2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for cotoneaster

C18: from New Latin, from Latin cotōneum quince
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