Definition of rowan in English:

rowan

(also rowan tree)

noun

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

    • ‘The wood has been planted with more than 400 oak, rowan and birch trees bought in memory of loved ones or to commemorate a special occasion.’
    • ‘The birds still have plenty of places to perch - there's a rowan tree we planted a couple of years ago nearby which is getting large enough for the smaller birds to start using it.’
    • ‘‘If the rowans are full, it will be a bad winter,’ say the locals in my part of the world.’
    • ‘Virginia insists that she is not superstitious, but she says that she had to have a rowan by the gate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's hard to think of autumn and winter berries without thinking of the mountain ash, or rowan tree.’
    • ‘Most wonderful of all, there are two brand new invasions of mistletoe in the rowan tree that overhangs the patio.’
    • ‘It also makes sense, if you are planting new trees, to grow small trees like rowan, magnolia or cherry close to the house, saving large trees like oak, beech and lime for further away.’
    • ‘Half of the field will be planted with native ash, along with cherry, rowan and hazel trees, sessile oaks and downy birches.’
    • ‘Lois, a sculpture graduate from Aberdeen, takes her inspiration from a single object - a rowan tree in the garden of her neighbour's house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wood of oak, hazel, rowan, alder, willow, juniper, ash, bird cherry and aspen will take shape on the shores of Loch Katrine over the next 20 years using thousands of acres of land leased to the Forestry Commission.’
    • ‘Plant berry-bearing plants in your garden, such as hawthorn, rowan, holly, cotoneaster and berberis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Turning, she saw a middle aged man leaning against a rowan tree.’
    • ‘Wind-stunted bushes of willow, hazel, birch and rowan hugged the heather.’
    • ‘I stopped beside a tumbling waterfall and enjoyed a late lunch below a rowan tree, its bright red berries outliving the crumpled yellow leaves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About a third of the total area will be set aside for natural regeneration of broadleaf trees such as oak, rowan and birch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two other members of the apple family are the whitebeam and the rowan.’
    • ‘Varieties suggested would be natural to the moorland fringe such as rowan, birch, holly and hawthorn.’
    • ‘The National Trust was awarded £39,000 from the Forestry Commission to rebuild the wall and to plant 5,000 new trees, including oak, ash, rowan and hazel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rowan tree, or mountain ash as it is better known, is now in full bloom.’
    • ‘In some cases, for example, hawthorn and rowan, leaves appear before flowers; in others, like blackthorn, pear and willow, the flowers are first visible.’
    • ‘Suitable species on an exposed inland site include birch, rowan, Scots pine, ash and oak.’
    • ‘Head teacher Ruth Matthews said the five field maple and five rowan trees were chosen to provide colourful leaves and berries for the wildlife.’
    • ‘The rest will be a mosaic of birch, rowan, wild cherry, alder, juniper and holly.’
    • ‘The first group consists of those planted in the last 20 to 30 years, species such as rowan, cherry and crab apple.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Australians call these mountain ash, but they are unrelated to the rowan and mountain ash of Europe and North America.’
    • ‘Outside the kitchen window is a rowan tree I planted about ten years ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children in first and second class also put the school grounds to great use, where the birch, maple and rowan trees were the subjects of their investigations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also a plentiful growth of rowan and willow, particularly over the past half dozen years.’
    • ‘Back on the winding road to Lancaster, the way is lined with purple heather and bracken, rowan trees and bushes full of blueberries.’
    • ‘It is hoped oak, birch and rowan, the dominant species found naturally in such local woodlands, will gradually seed in the areas thinned.’
    1. 1.1 The scarlet berry of the rowan tree.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Eriksson and Nummi determined fairly low ethanol contents for rowan berries, rose-hips, and hawthorn fruits in autumn and winter conditions in Finland.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Crab apples were used, as were sloes, rose hips and rowan berries.’
      • ‘I have this week watched starlings, jays and woodpigeons gorging themselves on rowan berries.’
      • ‘Add the rowan berries and the cloves and bring the liquid back to the boil.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Judging by the rowan berries out in crimson abundance, autumn is once more upon us.’
      • ‘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.

Pronunciation