hawthorn

See also: Hawthorne

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Crataegus laevigata

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From Middle English hawthorn, from Old English hagaþorn, hæguþorn, from Proto-West Germanic *haguþorn; equivalent to haw (hedge, enclosure) +‎ thorn.

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hawthorn (plural hawthorns)

  1. Any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Crataegus having small, apple-like fruits and thorny branches
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 59]:
      Proust, an author to whom Humboldt had introduced me and in whose work he gave me heavy instruction, said he was often attracted to people whose faces had something in them of a hawthorn hedge in bloom.

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EtymologyEdit

Inherited from Old English hagaþorn, hæguþorn, from Proto-West Germanic *haguþorn; equivalent to hawe +‎ thorn.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhau̯(ə)ˌθɔrn/, /ˈhau̯(ə)ˌθrɔn/

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hawthorn (plural hawthornes)

  1. A hawthorn or similar tree or shrub.

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  • English: hawthorn
  • Scots: hawthorn

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