[ rest-har-oh ]
/ ˈrɛstˌhær oʊ /


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

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈrɛstˌhærəʊ) /


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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