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noun, plural py·ra·can·thas.
  1. firethorn.
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Origin of pyracantha

1700–10; < New Latin Pyracantha type genus < Greek pȳrákantha kind of shrub, equivalent to pŷr fire + ákantha thorn
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Historical Examples of pyracantha

  • Pyracantha, both for its perpetual verdure, if the fences had not already challengd it, chap.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)

    John Evelyn

British Dictionary definitions for pyracantha


  1. any rosaceous shrub of the genus Pyracantha, esp the firethorn, widely cultivated for ornament
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Word Origin for pyracantha

C17: from Greek purakantha name of a shrub, from pyro- + akantha thorn
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