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firethorn

[ fahyuhr-thawrn ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌθɔrn /
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noun

any of several evergreen, thorny Asian shrubs belonging to the genus Pyracantha, of the rose family, many species of which are cultivated for their foliage and ornamental fruits.

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Origin of firethorn

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for firethorn

firethorn
/ (ˈfaɪəˌθɔːn) /

noun

any rosaceous evergreen spiny shrub of the genus Pyracantha, of SE Europe and Asia, having bright red or orange fruits: cultivated for ornament
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