Origin of hawthornliterally , hedge thorn from Middle English hagethorn from Old English hagathorn from haga, hedge, haw + thorn, akin to German hagedorn
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
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”)
- The hawthorn serves as a stock for grafting other trees.
- HAWFINCH, a bird so called from the belief that the fruit of the hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) forms its chief food, the Loxia coccothraustes of Linnaeus, and the Coccothraustes vulgaris of modern ornithologists, one of the largest of the finch family (Fringillidae), and found over nearly the whole of Europe, in Africa north of the Atlas and in Asia from Palestine to Japan.
- On drier and higher soils are the persimmon, sassafras, red maple, elm, black haw, hawthorn, various oaks (in all 10 species occur), hickories and splendid forests of longleaf and loblolly yellow pine.
- In the valleys of the Waksh and Pro- and the Surkhab to the north of Darwaz, which form an important part of the province of Karategin, maple, ash, hawthorn, pistachio, and juniper grow freely in the mountain forests, and beetroot, kohl rabi, and other vegetables are widely cultivated.
- The common hawthorn is a native of Europe as far north as 602° in Sweden, and of North Africa, western Asia and Siberia, and has been naturalized in North America and Australia.