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[dawg-woo d, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌwʊd, ˈdɒg-/
any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus, especially C. sanguinea, of Europe, or C. florida, of America.
the wood of any such tree.
a light to medium brown or a medium yellowish-brown color.
having the color dogwood.
Origin of dogwood
First recorded in 1610-20; dog + wood1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dogwood
Historical Examples
  • The brigade was halted before a stretch of forest white with dogwood.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Violet and bloodroot, dogwood and purple Judas tree were all bespangled, bespangled with dew.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Senators were less ornamental than the dogwood or even the judas-tree.

  • The dogwood, too, is opening, and the wild guelder-roses there are in full bloom.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Persimmon and dogwood are examples, and hickory in a less degree.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • “When the dogwood is in bloom,” she whispered a moment later.

    Hour of Enchantment Roy J. Snell
  • The dogwood, too, will come, and there are two cabins to come.

    Hour of Enchantment Roy J. Snell
  • There is a tradition that when dogwood blooms corn should be planted.

  • His face was whiter than the blossom of the dogwood when it first- 232 - opens to the spring.

    The Lily and the Totem William Gilmore Simms
  • The four outer wings of white are not the petals of a dogwood blossom.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for dogwood


any of various cornaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Cornus, esp C. sanguinea, a European shrub with clusters of small white flowers and black berries: the shoots are red in winter
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Word Origin and History for dogwood

shrubs and small trees of the genus Cornus, 1610s, earlier dog-tree (1540s); the first element sometimes said to have been perhaps dag -- cf. dagger, dag (v.) "to pierce or stab" (1630s, perhaps 15c.) -- the trees have hard, white wood that was used in making skewers; another name for it was skewer-wood. But another guess is that the tree was given the name in reference to its fruit, which was called dogberry from 1550s, and dog had implications of "cheap, inferior" (i.e. "fit for a dog").

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