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[boks-woo d] /ˈbɒksˌwʊd/
the hard, fine-grained, compact wood of the box shrub or tree, used for wood-engravers' blocks, musical instruments, etc.
the tree or shrub itself.
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Origin of boxwood
First recorded in 1645-55; box3 + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Furiously, too, with her shuttle of boxwood she smote Arachne.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • He used to be a janitor at boxwood Hall, a school I attended.

  • They would, therefore, measure as accurately as a rule of boxwood or ivory.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • This is a thin slat of hard wood, mostly maple, pear, or boxwood.

    The Invention of Lithography Alois Senefelder
  • Lastly, you can water the field with oil of coal, or sprinkle it with ashes of boxwood.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The block should be of boxwood or hard metal—soft metal will not do.

    Paper and Printing Recipes J. Sawtelle Ford
  • Close by rose a pile of beechwood clogs, tops and boxwood flutes.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • In the rear, a semicircular screen of boxwood frames the lawn.

    Green Spring Farm Ross Netherton
  • We were on a walk bordered by a hedge of boxwood, shoulder high.

  • The boxwood, brought from England when that was the mother country, met across the turf walks.


    Edna Turpin
British Dictionary definitions for boxwood


the hard close-grained yellow wood of the box tree, used to make tool handles, small turned or carved articles, etc
the box tree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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