noun Cra·tae·gus \krəˈtēgəs\

Definition of Crataegus

  1. :  a genus of usually thorny shrubs and small trees (family Rosaceae) having usually stipulate leaves, an inferior ovary, and mature carpels that are hard and bony with a pulpy fruit — see hawthorn

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Origin and Etymology of crataegus

New Latin, from Greek krataigos, probably from kratos strength + -aigos (akin to Greek aigilōps Turkey oak) — more at hard, oak

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to cast off or become cast off

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