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boxwood

[boks-woo d]
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noun
  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

boxwood

noun
  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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