firethorn

[ fahyuh r-thawrn ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌθɔrn /

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.

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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