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[ahy-ern-woo d] /ˈaɪ ərnˌwʊd/
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.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin of ironwood
First recorded in 1650-60; iron + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For its choice it has the pick of American timber, the ironwood of our national forests of humanity.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Leaf: Doubly serrated; otherwise the same as that of ironwood.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • I never left the claim once, and I had a good-sized club of ironwood which I was ready to use on the slightest provocation.

  • 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 also a Florida species and is known in some localities as ironwood.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood is light-colored, and extremely hard and heavy; hence the name of ironwood.

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

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

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Gymer, Aurboda's husband, represents in the physical interpretation of the myth the east wind coming from the ironwood.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
British Dictionary definitions for ironwood


any of various betulaceous trees, such as hornbeam, that have very hard wood
a Californian rosaceous tree, Lyonothamnus floribundus, with very hard wood
any of various other trees with hard wood, such as the mopani
the wood of any of these trees
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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