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hop hornbeam

any of several Eurasian and North American trees of the genus Ostrya, of the birch family, especially O. virginiana, bearing hoplike fruiting clusters.
Origin of hop hornbeam
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The hop hornbeam has habits like the other ironwood and an equal reputation for the hardness of its wood.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • It is often called hornbeam and ironwood, and it is closely related to hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana).

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The hop hornbeam has a hop-like cluster of seeds, each in an inflated papery bag.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • We may find on these twigs some remnant of the hop-like seed clusters which give this little tree its name, hop hornbeam.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The fine, delicate spray of the hop hornbeam is a fairy net whose every mesh is fringed with immaculate beauty.

    Some Winter Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell
  • Comparisons: The blue beech or hornbeam is often confused with the ironwood or hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana).

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison

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