from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various usually thorny trees or shrubs of the genus Crataegus having clusters of white or pinkish flowers and reddish fruits containing a few one-seeded nutlets.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Crataegus having small, apple-like fruits and thorny branches
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thorny shrub or tree (the Cratægus oxyacantha), having deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American hawthorn is Cratægus cordata, which has the leaves but little lobed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thorny shrub or small tree, Cratægus Oxyacantha, much used in hedges.
- n. A decorative pattern used in some Oriental wares. See Hawthorn china.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
Middle English, from Old English hagathorn : haga, haw + thorn, thorn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hagaþorn, hæguþorn, from haga ("enclosure, hedge") + þorn ("thorn") (Wiktionary)