hop hornbeam


noun

any of several Eurasian and North American trees of the genus Ostrya, of the birch family, especially O. virginiana, bearing hoplike fruiting clusters.

Origin of hop hornbeam

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for hop hornbeam

  • Moosewood looks slender and striped as a ribbon-snake, and limbs of the hop-hornbeam have the appearance of sinews.

    In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • It is known as ironwood, hop-hornbeam, leverwood, and hardhack.

    American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson