pyr·​acan·​tha | \ ˌpī-rə-ˈkan(t)-thə How to pronounce pyracantha (audio) \

Definition of pyracantha

: any of a small genus (Pyracantha) of ornamental Eurasian thorny evergreen or semievergreen shrubs of the rose family with alternate leaves, corymbs of white flowers, and small red or orange pomes

called also firethorn

Examples of pyracantha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This bacterial disease afflicts only apple, pear, and hawthorn trees, and pyracantha and cotoneaster shrubs. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cool, rainy spring prompts alert for fire blight on Valley trees, plants | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 Watch fruit trees and ornamentals such as pyracantha, for signs of fireblight. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Thinking of becoming a gardener? Here’s a primer for southern Idaho," 31 Jan. 2018 Lace bugs attack pyracanthas, Boston ivy, sycamores, bur oaks, chinquapin oaks, azaleas, American elms and boxwoods, among others, turning their leaves the same pale tan color. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Burning questions about pests, weeds and more, as summer yields to fall," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pyracantha

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyracantha

New Latin, from Greek pyrakantha, a tree, from pyr- + akantha thorn

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“Pyracantha.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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