Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various erect or creeping shrubs of the genus Cotoneaster in the rose family, native to Eurasia, having white to pinkish flowers and tiny, red or black applelike fruits, and frequently cultivated for ornament.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several erect or creeping shrubs, of the genus Cotoneaster, that have pinkish flowers and red berries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of small trees or trailing shrubs, natural order Rosaceæ, resembling the medlar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any shrub of the genus Cotoneaster: erect or creeping shrubs having richly colored autumn foliage and many small white to pinkish flowers followed by tiny red or black fruits

Etymologies

New Latin Cotōneaster, genus name : Latin cotōneum, quince; see quince + Latin -aster, partially resembling.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Latin cotone ("quince") and -aster ("resembling") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Corokia cotoneaster aka wire netting shrub is a tough, architectural plant with a skeletal appearance and tiny yellow flowers in springtime.

    The Seattle Times

  • They can climb and they fiercely defend their territories (under our cotoneaster!), which extend from 200 to more than 1,000 sq metres.

    Country diary: The Burren

  • The waxwings' rather unusual speciality is supermarket car parks because of the owners' tendency to plant cotoneaster, pyracantha or non-native rowans that are heavy with red berries.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • The valley walls and the open wood pasture we walked through were full of wild cherries, dog-roses, the Kyrgyz wild apple, cotoneaster bushes, wild Sogdian plum trees and berberis, whose seven or eight different varieties provide an important crop of wild berries, traditionally consumed by the Kyrgyz people for their high content of Vitamin C.

    Wildwood

  • The typical shrub story in the juniper steppe forests of this area may include pistachio (Pistacia atlantica), cotoneaster (Cotoneaster racemiflora), Crataegus spp., maple (Acer turcomanicum), almond (Amygdalus spp.), and other species.

    Elburz Range forest steppe

  • A good long stretch of wall covered with a selection of the best green-leaved kind is always interesting, and never more so than during the winter months, especially if at intervals the golden Japanese jasmine is planted among them or a few plants of pyracantha or of Simmon's cotoneaster for the sake of their coral fruitage.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884

  • Several species of cotoneaster are suitable for cultivation in the middle and southern latitudes.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • The delicate cotoneaster vine clings to the stones of it.

    McClure's Magazine December, 1895

  • Each, however poor, had a wild garden around it, and, where the inhabitants possessed some pride in their surroundings, the roses and the jasmines and that distinguished creeper, -- which one sees nowhere at its best but in Devonshire cottage-gardens, -- the stately cotoneaster, made the whole place a bower.

    Father and Son: a study of two temperaments

  • The banks under the rocks were starred with primroses, and from the rocks themselves there hung with cotoneaster the large and graceful white blossoms of that limestone-loving shrub, the amelanchier.

    Two Summers in Guyenne

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