mountain ash


: any of various deciduous trees or shrubs (genus Sorbus) of the rose family with pinnate leaves and small usually white flowers in terminal corymbs and small red or orange-red berrylike fruits that are pomes see american mountain ash, european mountain ash

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mountain ash sawfly larvae feed in groups and primarily feed on the leaves of mountain ash trees. oregonlive, 9 July 2022 As the island’s ice cap melts, the land is becoming more habitable for trees, of which there are four native species, most significantly the rowan or mountain ash. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 Robins usually pick my two mountain ash trees clean of their orange berries. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 29 Dec. 2020 Apples, clover, wild strawberry, wild grape, cherry, dogwood, thornapple, mountain ash, and greenbrier are just a few favorites--and well worth the hunter’s attention. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 24 Dec. 2020 Are there male and female mountain ash trees and the males don’t have berries? oregonlive, 25 Oct. 2020 European mountain ash fruit is a radiant orange, many garden pumpkins are already orange, and Native American bittersweet vines have orange fruit. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 10 Sep. 2020 The scent was made to resemble something that does not exist at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world: trees, all native to New York State, including beeches, mountain ashes and red maples. James Barron, New York Times, 7 Aug. 2019 That disease may attack any member of the rose family, including hawthorns, mountain ash and spirea as well as apples, pears and of course roses. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 31 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mountain ash was in 1597

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“Mountain ash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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