mountain ash



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.
any of certain other trees, as several Australian species of eucalyptus.

Origin of mountain ash

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

  • 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


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
any of several Australian eucalyptus trees, such as Eucalyptus regnans
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