Definition of rowan in English:

rowan

(also rowan tree)

noun

  • 1A mountain ash, in particular the European "Sorbus aucuparia"

    • ‘The rest will be a mosaic of birch, rowan, wild cherry, alder, juniper and holly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Varieties suggested would be natural to the moorland fringe such as rowan, birch, holly and hawthorn.’
    • ‘Among the new species of 5,000 trees - which students from Newton Rigg College have helped to plant - are sessile, oak, ash, hazel, rowan, alder and holly.’
    • ‘Pollen studies by scientists have revealed that both of the island chains were once covered in dense woodlands of birch, alder, willow, hazel, rowan and aspen.’
    • ‘The first group consists of those planted in the last 20 to 30 years, species such as rowan, cherry and crab apple.’
    • ‘Suitable species on an exposed inland site include birch, rowan, Scots pine, ash and oak.’
    • ‘There is also a plentiful growth of rowan and willow, particularly over the past half dozen years.’
    • ‘It is hoped oak, birch and rowan, the dominant species found naturally in such local woodlands, will gradually seed in the areas thinned.’
    • ‘More than 60 acres of broadleaf cover including oak, birch and rowan will be created on six farms along a scenic stretch of the River Esk, from Westerdale to Sleights, near Whitby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Croft garden doesn't have many large trees from which we can gather more than a barrow or two of leaves, but of those we do have - rowan and Norway maple - put on a colourful show before leaf-fall.’
    • ‘Wind-stunted bushes of willow, hazel, birch and rowan hugged the heather.’
    • ‘Australians call these mountain ash, but they are unrelated to the rowan and mountain ash of Europe and North America.’
    • ‘Plant berry-bearing plants in your garden, such as hawthorn, rowan, holly, cotoneaster and berberis.’
    • ‘Compared to native varieties, the existing trees have proved to be unsuccessful in creating a thriving, natural habitat and, in October, they will be replaced with oak, rowan, birch and holly to attract wildlife and insects.’
    • ‘Until very recently, the wood comprised mainly of Norway spruce with beech, Scots pine, oak, grey willow and birch, with some rowan and holly in the shrub layer.’
    • ‘In some cases, for example, hawthorn and rowan, leaves appear before flowers; in others, like blackthorn, pear and willow, the flowers are first visible.’
    • ‘The steeper slopes and cliffs of Augill support a mixed woodland of ash, birch and rowan with an interesting ground flora including species such as bluebell, sanicle and wood avens.’
    • ‘More native trees will be encouraged such as ash, alder, oak and rowan along streams and in the north west of the wood near Over Silton.’
    1. 1.1The scarlet berry of the rowan tree.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have this week watched starlings, jays and woodpigeons gorging themselves on rowan berries.’
      • ‘S. aucuparia, the rowan or mountain ash, owes its specific name to the practice of bird-catchers in Germany and elsewhere who would trap small birds in hair nooses baited with 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.’
      • ‘Crab apples were used, as were sloes, rose hips and rowan berries.’
      • ‘They also ate berries such as rowan and cloudberry, and hazelnuts.’
      • ‘Did you know that waxwings get drunk on rowan berries, and possess livers twice the size of other comparable birds to deal with these occasional binges?’
      • ‘Add the rowan berries and the cloves and bring the liquid back to the boil.’
      • ‘Judging by the rowan berries out in crimson abundance, autumn is once more upon us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first sign of autumn is the arrival of fieldfares and redwings coming back from their summer holidays in Scandinavia, pausing to pig out on rowan berries.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

rowan

/ˈrōən//ˈrouən/