co·​to·​ne·​as·​ter | \ kə-ˈtō-nē-ˌa-stər How to pronounce cotoneaster (audio) , ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌē- \

Definition of cotoneaster

: any of a genus (Cotoneaster) of Old World flowering shrubs of the rose family

Examples of cotoneaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now is also the time to trim back cotoneaster and caragana hedges and specimen plants. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2021 Gardens with low-lying landscaping, such as arborvitae, spreading yews, junipers, cranberry cotoneaster and raised beds have higher potential for vole activity. Tim Johnson,, 20 Mar. 2021 This looks like Parney cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus), a native of China used as an ornamental. oregonlive, 27 Dec. 2020 Delphinium defoliators, cotoneaster leaf rollers: Hand pick. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2020 Leafrollers are tying leaves of redbuds, sweetgums, vinca groundcover, pyracanthas, cotoneasters and other plants together. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, 6 July 2018 This bacterial disease afflicts only apple, pear, and hawthorn trees, and pyracantha and cotoneaster shrubs. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cotoneaster

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cotoneaster

New Latin, genus name, from Latin cotoneum quince + New Latin -aster

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“Cotoneaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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