Definition of alatern in English:

alatern

(also alaternus)

noun

rare
  • An evergreen buckthorn of southern Europe, Rhamnus alaternus (family Rhamnaceae), with alternate oval leaves, greenish flowers, and dark red to black fruit; especially (also with distinguishing word or words) any of the cultivated varieties of this grown for ornament or hedging.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Topsell (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman and author. From classical Latin alaternus, shrub of the genus buckthorn, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

alatern

/ˈalətəːn/