Definition of hawthorn
: any of a genus (Crataegus) of spring-flowering spiny shrubs or small trees of the rose family with glossy and often lobed leaves, white or pink fragrant flowers, and small red fruits
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A hawthorn is a thorny shrub or tree which can be planted into a hedge, and this fact provides a hint about the origins of the plant's name. The word hawthorn traces back to the Old English word hagathorn, a combination of "haga" ("hedge") and "thorn" (same meaning as the modern "thorn" or "thornbush"). "Haga" was also used in Old English for the hawthorn itself, but by the 12th century the "thorn" had been added to its name.
Origin and Etymology of hawthorn
Middle English hawethorn, from Old English hagathorn, from haga hawthorn + thorn — more at hedge
First Known Use: before 12th century
HAWTHORN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hawthorn for English Language Learners
: a type of bush or small tree with white or pink flowers and small red fruits
HAWTHORN Defined for Kids
Definition of hawthorn for Students
: a thorny shrub or small tree with shiny leaves, white, pink, or red flowers, and small red fruits
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