- See under hornbeam.
Origin of American hornbeam
An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
- any North American shrub or tree belonging to the genus Carpinus, of the birch family, yielding a hard, heavy wood, as C. caroliniana (American hornbeam).
Origin of hornbeam
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- any tree of the betulaceous genus Carpinus, such as C. betulus of Europe and Asia, having smooth grey bark and hard white wood
- the wood of any of these trees
Brit equivalent: ironwood
C14: from horn + beam, referring to its tough wood
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Word Origin and History for american hornbeam
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