pyracantha

[ pahy-ruh-kan-thuh ]
/ ˌpaɪ rəˈkæn θə /

noun, plural py·ra·can·thas.

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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Examples from the Web for pyracantha

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

British Dictionary definitions for pyracantha

pyracantha
/ (ˌpaɪrəˈkænθə) /

noun

any rosaceous shrub of the genus Pyracantha, esp the firethorn, widely cultivated for ornament

Word Origin for pyracantha

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