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ironwood

[ahy-ern-woo d] /ˈaɪ ərnˌwʊd/
noun
1.
any of various trees yielding a hard, heavy wood, as the American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, or Lyonothamnus floribundus, found on the islands off the coast of S California.
2.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin of ironwood
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; iron + wood1
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  • Other names for the tree are algaroba, honey locust, honey pod, and ironwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • It is known as ironwood, hop-hornbeam, leverwood, and hardhack.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • It is also a Florida species and is known in some localities as ironwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The ironwood of India cannot be worked, as its hardness blunts every tool.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • I begged of him as I never begged of my own father, but he was hard as the ironwood tree.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • Leaf: Doubly serrated; otherwise the same as that of ironwood.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • 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
  • The wood is light-colored, and extremely hard and heavy; hence the name of ironwood.

  • Sonora ironwood (Olneya tesota) is a desert tree, and the only representative of the genus.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • No fewer than eleven species of the United States are known as ironwood in some parts of their ranges.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for ironwood

ironwood

/ˈaɪənˌwʊd/
noun
1.
any of various betulaceous trees, such as hornbeam, that have very hard wood
2.
a Californian rosaceous tree, Lyonothamnus floribundus, with very hard wood
3.
any of various other trees with hard wood, such as the mopani
4.
the wood of any of these trees
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