Part of speech: noun

A thorny shrub of the rose family.

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Usage examples "hawthorn":

  1. He visits every fir copse and beech clump on his way, spending some time, too, in and about the hawthorn hedge, which is a favourite spot. - "Wild Life in a Southern County", Richard Jefferies.
  2. Bloom's boys run amid the bystanders with branches of hawthorn and wrenbushes. - "Ulysses", James Joyce.
  3. Piers no longer pretended to keep his usual times; he wandered forth whenever home grew intolerable, and sometimes snatched his only sleep in the four- and- twenty hours under the hawthorn blossom of some remote meadow. - "The Crown of Life", George Gissing.