Definition of rowan in English:

rowan

(also rowan tree)

Pronunciation: /ˈrōən//ˈrouən/

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also a plentiful growth of rowan and willow, particularly over the past half dozen years.’
    • ‘Plant berry-bearing plants in your garden, such as hawthorn, rowan, holly, cotoneaster and berberis.’
    • ‘Wind-stunted bushes of willow, hazel, birch and rowan hugged the heather.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Varieties suggested would be natural to the moorland fringe such as rowan, birch, holly and hawthorn.’
    • ‘Suitable species on an exposed inland site include birch, rowan, Scots pine, ash and oak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 rest will be a mosaic of birch, rowan, wild cherry, alder, juniper and holly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Australians call these mountain ash, but they are unrelated to the rowan and mountain ash of Europe and North America.’
    • ‘The first group consists of those planted in the last 20 to 30 years, species such as rowan, cherry and crab apple.’
    • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They also ate berries such as rowan and cloudberry, and hazelnuts.’
      • ‘Judging by the rowan berries out in crimson abundance, autumn is once more upon us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Add the rowan berries and the cloves and bring the liquid back to the boil.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

rowan

/ˈrōən//ˈrouən/