[ hwahyt-thawrn, wahyt- ]

  1. a hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, having white flowers.

Origin of whitethorn

1225–75; Middle English, translation of Latin alba spīna

Words Nearby whitethorn

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How to use whitethorn in a sentence

  • At this moment a man's face rose above the whitethorn hedge.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Nor must we omit to mention that the whitethorn is one of the trees that claims to have been used for the sacred Crown of Thorns.

  • They nestled side by side under the old whitethorn which, for once in a way, forgot to moan as the wind went down.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
  • He was looking for chaffinches' nests in the big whitethorn hedge at the back of Ballymore Rectory, when he suddenly spied a rat.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
  • He is the poet of English parish festivals and of English flowers, the primrose, the whitethorn, the daffodil.

    From Chaucer to Tennyson | Henry A. Beers

British Dictionary definitions for whitethorn


/ (ˈwaɪtˌθɔːn) /

  1. another name for hawthorn

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