American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various usually thorny trees or shrubs of the genus Crataegus having clusters of white or pinkish flowers and reddish fruits containing a few one-seeded nutlets.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thorny shrub or small tree, Cratægus Oxyacantha, much used in hedges. It is found in the wild state throughout most of Europe, in northern Africa, and western Asia. It has been introduced into the United States: a hedge was planted with it by George Washington at Mount Vernon. It has stiff branches bearing strong thorns and deeply lobed or cut leaves. The fruit is the haw. The name is also applied to the genus Cratægus in general. See
Cratægus. Also hathorn, haythorn, and hedge-thorn.
- n. A decorative pattern used in some Oriental wares. See Hawthorn china.
- n. Any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Crataegus having small, apple-like fruits and thorny branches
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A thorny shrub or tree (the Cratægus oxyacantha), having deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American hawthorn is Cratægus cordata, which has the leaves but little lobed.
- n. a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
- From Old English hagaþorn, hæguþorn, from haga ("enclosure, hedge") + þorn ("thorn") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hagathorn : haga, haw + thorn, thorn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Part of the remains of a railway line that once ran from Market Harborough to Melton Mowbray, it is now covered in hawthorn bushes and bisected every now and then by the abutments of bridges.”
“I shall never see the word hawthorn in poetry again without the image of the snowy but far from chilling canopy rising before me.”
“We're big on sea-buckthorn berries here in Estonia, and I thought they're also called hawthorn berries, but yours look slightly too large for the ones I mean...”
“The hawthorn was the special wood used for fire-burial in Germany; hence the figurative poetical expression which would make Hagen a synonym for death.”
“The hawthorn is a part of natural English life -- country life.”
“- This eve found plenty of berries called hawthorn on the stream where we have encamped.”
“When I last looked at it, the hawthorn was a couple of feet tall and looked more like a bush than a baby tree.”
“The skylark and the ivy appear among their scenic properties, and in the best of them, _Woods in Winter_, it is the English "hawthorn" and not any”
“_Woods in Winter_, it is the English "hawthorn" and not any American tree, through which the gale is made to blow, just as later Longfellow uses "rooks" instead of crows.”
“In serrated leaves, such as hawthorn or virginia creeper, the edging stitches follow the broken outline of the leaf instead of forming an even outer edge.”
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