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leatherwood

[leth-er-woo d]
noun
  1. an American shrub, Dirca palustris, having a tough bark.
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Origin of leatherwood

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45; leather + wood1
Also called moosewood.
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Historical Examples of leatherwood

  • That girl bothers me worse than all the other women in Leatherwood put together.

    The Leatherwood God

    William Dean Howells

  • I don't say but what she's a good girl; there ain't a better in Leatherwood, or anywheres.

    The Leatherwood God

    William Dean Howells

  • I can swing all Leatherwood by myself, but Leatherwood's nothing.

    The Leatherwood God

    William Dean Howells

  • I would like to walk with you in broad day past all the houses in Leatherwood.

    The Leatherwood God

    William Dean Howells

  • In Leatherwood (Dirca) the bast-cells are remarkably slender.


British Dictionary definitions for leatherwood

leatherwood

noun
  1. Also called: wicopy a North American thymelaeaceous shrub, Dirca palustris, with pale yellow flowers and tough flexible branches
  2. any of various Australian shrubs of the family Cunoniaceae
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