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A thorny evergreen Eurasian shrub with white flowers and bright red or yellow berries, which is a popular ornamental.Also called firethorn
- ‘The pyracantha bushes flaunt the screaming orange berries, the deciduous hollies sport sparkling red ones on bare stems.’
- ‘But the robins weren't the only birds that took advantage of the pyracantha berries while they were on the bush.’
- ‘Use bouquets of pyracantha berries in small vases at place settings.’
- ‘Plants such as pyracantha and Japanese quince produce flowers and berries on branches more than 1 year old.’
- ‘Wall shrubs including pyracantha or ornamental quince can be trained and get less out of control than some vigorous climbers.’
Modern Latin, via Latin from Greek purakantha, the name of an unidentified plant, from pur ‘fire’ + akantha ‘thorn’.
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