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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of pyracantha

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

British Dictionary definitions for pyracantha



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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