Definition of rowan in English:

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rowan

Pronunciation: /ˈrouən/
/ˈrōən/
(also rowan tree)

noun

1A mountain ash, in particular the European Sorbus aucuparia.
Example sentences
  • Our own native rowan, Sorbus aucuparia, has orange-red berries, which appear in early September and which have largely been eaten by the end of the same month.
  • Australians call these mountain ash, but they are unrelated to the rowan and mountain ash of Europe and North America.
  • Much of the weed was cleared out to allow easy angling, though plenty of silver birch, rowan, alder, sycamore and pine remain to provide a scenic backdrop.
1.1 (also rowan berry) The scarlet berry of the rowan tree.
Example sentences
  • The school grounds, which are according to Eanna ‘excellent - great for safe exploring and very well planted’, served up a wonderful array of elderberries, blackberries, privet berries, haws, rose hips and rowan berries.
  • Eriksson and Nummi determined fairly low ethanol contents for rowan berries, rose-hips, and hawthorn fruits in autumn and winter conditions in Finland.
  • Blackwell staff are also keen to encourage visually impaired visitors to discover many of the tactile features of Blackwell's home grown Arts and Crafts design - such as the carved oak panelling of rowan berries in the main hall.

Origin

Late 15th century (originally Scots and northern English): of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian rogn.

Words that rhyme with rowan

anthozoan, bryozoan, Goan, hydrozoan, Minoan, protozoan, protozoon, Samoan, spermatozoon

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Syllabification: row·an

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