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mountain ash

noun
  1. any of several small trees of the genus Sorbus, of the rose family, having flat-topped clusters of small, white flowers and bright-red to orange berries.
  2. any of certain other trees, as several Australian species of eucalyptus.
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Origin of mountain ash

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for mountain ash

Historical Examples of mountain ash

  • The first berries to go as the autumn approaches are those of the mountain-ash.

    Round About a Great Estate

    Richard Jefferies

  • Pyrus Americana (American mountain-ash), common along shores.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Sibyl always regarded his offer under the mountain-ash as the second time.

    A Devotee

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • Jane has a bunch of mountain-ash berries tucked into her belt.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia

    Mabel Barnes-Grundy

  • Singing to them, sitting on a mountain-ash tree, is a sleek robin.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton


British Dictionary definitions for mountain ash

mountain ash

noun
  1. any of various trees of the rosaceous genus Sorbus, such as S aucuparia (European mountain ash or rowan), having clusters of small white flowers and bright red berries
  2. any of several Australian eucalyptus trees, such as Eucalyptus regnans
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