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ironwood

[ahy-ern-woo d]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the wood of any of these trees.
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Origin of ironwood

First recorded in 1650–60; iron + wood1
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Examples from the Web for ironwood

Historical Examples

  • Other names for the tree are algaroba, honey locust, honey pod, and ironwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

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

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • It is also a Florida species and is known in some localities as ironwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • The Ironwood of India cannot be worked, as its hardness blunts every tool.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • I begged of him as I never begged of my own father, but he was hard as the ironwood tree.

    Romany of the Snows

    Gilbert Parker


British Dictionary definitions for ironwood

ironwood

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