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pyracantha

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noun pyr·acan·tha \ˌpī-rə-ˈkan(t)-thə\

Definition of pyracantha

  1. :  any of a small genus (Pyracantha) of ornamental Eurasian thorny evergreen or semievergreen shrubs of the rose family with alternate leaves, corymbs of white flowers, and small red or orange pomes —called also firethorn



Origin of pyracantha

New Latin, from Greek pyrakantha, a tree, from pyr- + akantha thorn


First Known Use: 1633


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