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[boks-woo d]
  1. the hard, fine-grained, compact wood of the box shrub or tree, used for wood-engravers' blocks, musical instruments, etc.
  2. the tree or shrub itself.
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Origin of boxwood

First recorded in 1645–55; box3 + wood1
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Examples from the Web for boxwood

Historical Examples

  • Furiously, too, with her shuttle of boxwood she smote Arachne.

    A Book of Myths

    Jean Lang

  • He used to be a janitor at Boxwood Hall, a school I attended.

  • They would, therefore, measure as accurately as a rule of boxwood or ivory.

    The Boy Tar

    Mayne Reid

  • This is a thin slat of hard wood, mostly maple, pear, or boxwood.

  • Lastly, you can water the field with oil of coal, or sprinkle it with ashes of boxwood.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for boxwood


  1. the hard close-grained yellow wood of the box tree, used to make tool handles, small turned or carved articles, etc
  2. the box tree
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