from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hawthorn tree (Crataegus aestivalis) of the Southern U. S. bearing a juicy acid scarlet fruit often used in jellies or preserves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small tree, Cratægus æstivalis, of the southern United States. Its fruit, which ripens in May, is used for preserves, jellies, etc. Also apple-haw.
  • n. This species has the largest flowers and the largest and best-flavored fruit of the genus. In southwestern Louisiana the fruit is largely gathered for the market, being utilized for jellies, etc. Also called summer haw.

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

  • n. hawthorn of southern United States bearing a juicy, acidic, scarlet fruit that is often used in jellies or preserves


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  • It took her monthly flow quietly, swelled her fingers quietly, introduced quietly a craving for mayhaw jelly and Karo syrup straight from the bottle.

    Excerpt: The House of Gentle Men by Kathy Hepinstall

  • Some of our prettiest flowering trees also attract wildlife - the grancy graybeard, the parsley hawthorn and the mayhaw.


  • "Georgia Jelly Queen", a variety of highly productive upland mayhaw.


  • House of Webster, based in Rogers, Ark., sells various jellies at the market, including mayhaw, wild blackberry and Concord grape.

    Memphis Commercial Appeal Stories


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