[ hahrd-woo d ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌwʊd /


the hard, compact wood or timber of various trees, as the oak, cherry, maple, or mahogany.
a tree yielding such wood.


made or constructed of hardwood: a hardwood floor.

Origin of hardwood

First recorded in 1560–70; hard + wood1
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British Dictionary definitions for hardwood

/ (ˈhɑːdˌwʊd) /


the wood of any of numerous broad-leaved dicotyledonous trees, such as oak, beech, ash, etc, as distinguished from the wood of a conifer
any tree from which this wood is obtained
Compare softwood
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Scientific definitions for hardwood

[ härdwud′ ]

A eudicot or magnoliid tree, especially as distinguished from a coniferous, or softwood, tree.
The wood of a eudicot or magnoliid tree. Hardwoods are in general harder than softwood. However, some hardwoods, such as basswood, are comparatively soft, while some softwoods, such as yew, are comparatively hard.
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