any of a group of thorny shrubs and small trees (genus Crataegus) of the rose family, with white, pink, or red flowers and usually red fruits (haws) resembling miniature cherries
Origin of hawthornliterally , hedge thorn ; from Middle English hagethorn ; from Old English hagathorn ; from haga, hedge, haw + thorn, akin to German hagedorn
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.
Origin of hawthornMiddle English, from Old English hagathorn : haga, haw + thorn, thorn.
OriginSee also: Hawthorne
From Old English hagaþorn, hæguþorn, from haga (“enclosure, hedge”) + þorn (“thorn”)