[ ahy-ern-woo d ]
/ ˈaɪ ərnˌwʊd /


any of various trees yielding a hard, heavy wood, as the American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, or Lyonothamnus floribundus, found on the islands off the coast of S California.
the wood of any of these trees.

Origin of ironwood

First recorded in 1650–60; iron + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ironwood

/ (ˈaɪənˌwʊd) /


any of various betulaceous trees, such as hornbeam, that have very hard wood
a Californian rosaceous tree, Lyonothamnus floribundus, with very hard wood
any of various other trees with hard wood, such as the mopani
the wood of any of these trees
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