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haw·thorn

 (hô′thôrn′)
n.
Any of various usually thorny trees or shrubs of the genus Crataegus of the rose family, having clusters of white or pinkish flowers and reddish fruits containing a few one-seeded nutlets.

[Middle English, from Old English hagathorn : haga, haw + thorn, thorn.]

hawthorn

(ˈhɔːˌθɔːn)
n
(Plants) any of various thorny trees or shrubs of the N temperate rosaceous genus Crataegus, esp C. oxyacantha, having white or pink flowers and reddish fruits (haws). Also called (in Britain): may, may tree or mayflower
[Old English haguthorn from haga hedge + thorn thorn; related to Old Norse hagthorn, Middle High German hagendorn, Dutch haagdoorn]

haw•thorn

(ˈhɔˌθɔrn)

n.
any of various small trees of the genus Crataegus, rose family, with stiff thorns and bright-colored fruit, often cultivated as hedges.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English haguthorn, c. Middle Dutch hagedorn, Old Norse hagthorn. See haw3, thorn]
haw′thorn′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hawthorn - a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegushawthorn - a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
Crataegus, genus Crataegus - thorny shrubs and small trees: hawthorn; thorn; thorn apple
Crataegus apiifolia, Crataegus marshallii, parsley haw, parsley-leaved thorn - southern United States hawthorn with pinnately lobed leaves
Crataegus biltmoreana, scarlet haw - common shrub or small tree of the eastern United States having few thorns and white flowers in corymbs followed by bright orange-red berries
Crataegus calpodendron, Crataegus tomentosa, pear haw, pear hawthorn, blackthorn - erect and almost thornless American hawthorn with somewhat pear-shaped berries
cockspur hawthorn, cockspur thorn, Crataegus crus-galli - eastern United States hawthorn with long straight thorns
Crataegus aestivalis, mayhaw, summer haw - hawthorn of southern United States bearing a juicy, acidic, scarlet fruit that is often used in jellies or preserves
Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus oxycantha, whitethorn, English hawthorn, may - thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America
Crataegus monogyna, English hawthorn - European hawthorn having deeply cleft leaves and bright red fruits; widely cultivated in many varieties and often grown as impenetrable hedges; established as an escape in eastern North America
Crataegus coccinea mollis, Crataegus mollis, downy haw, red haw - American red-fruited hawthorn with stems and leaves densely covered with short woolly hairs
Crataegus oxyacantha, evergreen thorn - evergreen hawthorn of southeastern Europe
Crataegus coccinea, Crataegus pedicellata, red haw - American red-fruited hawthorn with dense corymbs of pink-red flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Translations
زَعْرور بَرّيزُعْرُورٌ بَرِّيّ
hloh
tjørn
kratago
orapihlaja
glog
galagonya
òyrnir
サンザシ
산사나무
gudobelė
vilkābele
hloh
glog
hagtorn
ต้นฮอธอร์น
akdikenalıç
cây táo gaisơn tra

hawthorn

[ˈhɔːθɔːn] Nespino m

hawthorn

[ˈhɔːθɔːrn] naubépine f

hawthorn

n (also hawthorn bush/tree)Weiß- or Rot- or Hagedorn m; hawthorn hedgeWeiß- or Rotdornhecke f

hawthorn

[ˈhɔːˌθɔːn] nbiancospino

hawthorn

(ˈhoːθoːn) noun
a small tree with thorns and white or pink blossom.

hawthorn

زُعْرُورٌ بَرِّيّ hloh tjørn Weißdorn τρικουκιά espino orapihlaja aubépine glog biancospino サンザシ 산사나무 haagdoorn hagtorn głóg espinheiro, pilriteiro боярышник hagtorn ต้นฮอธอร์น akdiken cây táo gai 山楂

hawthorn

n (bot) espino blanco
References in classic literature ?
Jerry seemed to be quite as happy as I was; he sat down by a bank under a shady tree, and listened to the birds, then he sang himself, and read out of the little brown book he is so fond of, then wandered round the meadow, and down by a little brook, where he picked the flowers and the hawthorn, and tied them up with long sprays of ivy; then he gave me a good feed of the oats which he had brought with him; but the time seemed all too short -- I had not been in a field since I left poor Ginger at Earlshall.
If a breath of air stirred, it made no sound here; for there was not a holly, not an evergreen to rustle, and the stripped hawthorn and hazel bushes were as still as the white, worn stones which causewayed the middle of the path.
There were few buildings then, north of the Oxford-road, and forest-trees flourished, and wild flowers grew, and the hawthorn blossomed, in the now vanished fields.
Why, one branch of hawthorn against the sky promises more than all the summers of time can pay, and a pond ablaze with yellow lilies awakens such answering splendours and enchantments in mortal bosoms,--blazons, it would seem, so august a message from the hidden heart of the world,--that ever afterwards, for one who has looked upon it, the most fortunate human existence must seem a disappointment.
Oriental taste was displayed in the colors of her costume, which consisted of a white dress, close-fitting, and printed with an elaborate china blue pattern; a yellow straw hat covered with artificial hawthorn and scarlet berries; and tan-colored gloves reaching beyond the elbow, and decorated with a profusion of gold bangles.
Thin smoke went straight up from the chimney; the flowers in the garden, the hawthorn in the lane, hung down their heads in the heat; the stillness was broken only by the sound of hoofs.
But when I had watched the gestures of one of them groping under the hawthorn against the red sky, and heard their moans, I was assured of their absolute helplessness and misery in the glare, and I struck no more of them.
Ere long we came upon a nook, so rural, green, and secluded, it might have been a spot in some pastoral English province; a bank of short and mossy grass, under a hawthorn, offered a seat too tempting to be declined; we took it, and when we had admired and examined some English-looking wild-flowers growing at our feet, I recalled Frances' attention and my own to the topic touched on at breakfast.
Their march was slow and toilsome; part of the time through an alluvial bottom, thickly grown with cotton-wood, hawthorn, and willows, and part of the time over rough hills.
Sweet is the scent of the hawthorn, and sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley, and the heather that blows on the hill.
Now as Little John stepped blithely along, thinking of nothing but of such things as the sweetness of the hawthorn buds that bedecked the hedgerows, or gazing upward at the lark, that, springing from the dewy grass, hung aloft on quivering wings in the yellow sunlight, pouring forth its song that fell like a falling star from the sky, his luck led him away from the highway, not far from the spot where Arthur a Bland was peeping this way and that through the leaves of the thickets.
I went down the dark road between the hawthorn hedges puzzling over the why of like, repeating SAMUEL to myself and aloud and listening to the rolling wonder in its sound that had charmed her soul and led her life in tragic places.