Definition of cotoneaster in English:

Share this entry

cotoneaster

Pronunciation: /kəˌtəʊnɪˈastə/

noun

A small-leaved shrub of the rose family, cultivated as a hedging plant or for its bright red berries which often remain on the plant throughout the winter.
  • Genus Cotoneaster, family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • The holly was a sorry-looking stick planted in the centre of the lawn and the cotoneaster was a small shrub growing against a wall.
  • To encourage wildlife they planted cotoneaster to provide winter fruit for birds while the pond attracts both insects and birds.
  • In the summer, I had to do some drastic cutting back of all the wall shrubs, and the cotoneaster was untied and allowed to grow away from the wall.

Origin

Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin cotoneum (see quince) + -aster.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: co¦to|neas¦ter

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.