washington thorn


washington thorn
noun
Usage: usually capitalized W
Etymology: from Washington, D.C., capital city of the United States
: a hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum) of eastern No. America that is often cultivated for its bright-red fruit and showy autumn foliage

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a dense tree, Crataegus phaenopyrum, of the rose family, native to the eastern coast of the U.S., having triangular leaves, small clusters of white flowers, and clusters of bright red fruit.
[1840-50, Amer.]

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Washington thorn,
a species of hawthorn native to the southern United States, with white flowers and scarlet fruit.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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