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

  • n. A shrub of the genus Pyracantha; the fire thorn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Pyracantha of thorny evergreen large shrubs.

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

  • n. any of various thorny shrubs of the genus Pyracantha bearing small white flowers followed by hard red or orange-red berries


New Latin Pyracantha, genus name, from Latin pyracantha, a shrub, from Greek purakantha : pūr, fire; see pyre + akantha, thorn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)



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