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noun row·an \ˈrau̇-ən, ˈrō-ən\

Definition of rowan

  1. 1 :  either of two mountain ashes with flat corymbs of white flowers followed by small red pomes: a :  one (Sorbus aucuparia) native to Eurasia that has become naturalized in the United States and Canada b :  one (S. americana) native to the eastern U.S and Canada

  2. 2 :  the fruit of a rowan

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Origin and Etymology of rowan

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect raun rowan; akin to Old English rēad red — more at red

First Known Use: 1801

Rhymes with rowan

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of, relating to, or near a shore

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