Definition of cotoneaster in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˌtəʊnɪˈastə/


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.


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

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