noun whit·ten \ˈ(h)witən\
variants: or

whitten tree

Definition of whitten



dialectal, England

  1. :  any of several trees or shrubs: such as a :  guelder-rose b :  wayfaring tree c :  rowan tree

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Origin and Etymology of whitten

from (assumed) Middle English whitten tree, from Old English hwītingtrēow, from hwīt white + -ing + trēow tree

First Known Use: 1578

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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