: 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

Word History


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

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“Crataegus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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