Meaning of whitten in English:

whitten

(also witten)

Pronunciation /ˈwɪtn/

noun

  • 1In full "whitten-tree". Either of two shrubby trees of the genus Viburnum, the guelder rose, Viburnum opulus, and the wayfaring tree, V. lantana. Now English regional (midlands or historical).

  • 2The rowan or mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia. Compare "whitty". Now English regional (midlands or historical).

Origin

Old English (in an earlier sense). Apparently from white + -ing.