a low, pink-flowered European shrub, Ononis spinosa, of the legume family, having tough roots that hinder the plow or harrow.

Origin of restharrow

First recorded in 1540–50; rest1 + harrow1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of restharrow

  • At the end of Restharrow Street was a garage, and a yard where chauffeurs were accustomed to "tune up" their engines.

    Soul of a Bishop

    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for restharrow



any of several Eurasian leguminous plants of the genus Ononis, such as O. repens and O. spinosa, with tough stems and roots

Word Origin for restharrow

C16: from rest variant of arrest (to hinder, stop) + harrow 1
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