Definition of Amelanchier
: a genus of shrubs and trees (family Rosaceae) with showy usually racemose white flowers and sweet edible pomes resembling small berries — see juneberry
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of amelanchier
New Latin, from French amélanchier shadbush, shadberry, of Celtic origin; akin to Gaulish avallo apple, Old Irish ubull — more at apple
First Known Use: 1739
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Amelanchier? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).