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hawthorn

[ haw-thawrn ]
/ ˈhɔˌθɔrn /
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noun

any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Crataegus, of the rose family, typically a small tree with stiff thorns, certain North American species of which have white or pink blossoms and bright-colored fruits and are cultivated in hedges.

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Origin of hawthorn

before 900; Middle English; Old English haguthorn, cognate with Middle Dutch hagedorn,Middle High German hagendorn,Old Norse hagthorn.See haw3, thorn
hawthorny, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hawthorn

hawthorn
/ (ˈhɔːˌθɔːn) /

noun

any of various thorny trees or shrubs of the N temperate rosaceous genus Crataegus, esp C. oxyacantha, having white or pink flowers and reddish fruits (haws)Also called (in Britain): may, may tree, mayflower
Old English haguthorn from haga hedge + thorn thorn; related to Old Norse hagthorn, Middle High German hagendorn, Dutch haagdoorn
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