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hop hornbeam

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

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Historical Examples

  • It is known as ironwood, hop-hornbeam, leverwood, and hardhack.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • 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