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Any of various thorny shrubs of the genus Pyracantha in the rose family, native to Asia and often cultivated for their evergreen foliage and showy reddish or orange berries. Also called firethorn.
[New Latin Pyracantha, genus name, from Latin pyracantha, a shrub, from Greek purakantha : pūr, fire; see pyre + akantha, thorn.]
(Plants) any rosaceous shrub of the genus Pyracantha, esp the firethorn, widely cultivated for ornament
[C17: from Greek purakantha name of a shrub, from pyro- +akantha thorn]
any thorny shrub of the genus Pyracantha, rose family, with evergreen foliage and orange berries.
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|Noun||1.||Pyracantha - any of various thorny shrubs of the genus Pyracantha bearing small white flowers followed by hard red or orange-red berries|
genus Pyracantha - Eurasian evergreen thorny shrubs bearing red or orange-red berries