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dog·wood

 (dôg′wo͝od′, dŏg′-)
n.
1. Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cornus, having flowers in clusters and hard dense wood, and often cultivated as ornamentals.
2. A dogwood (Cornus florida) of eastern North America, having small greenish flowers surrounded by four large, showy white or pink bracts that resemble petals. Also called flowering dogwood.

[From dog (used in composition to mean "inferior" or "strong-smelling"), perhaps in reference to the unpleasant odor of the flowers of the common European dogwood (Cornus sanguinea).]

dogwood

(ˈdɒɡˌwʊd) or

dagwood

n
(Plants) any of various cornaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Cornus, esp C. sanguinea, a European shrub with clusters of small white flowers and black berries: the shoots are red in winter

dog•wood

(ˈdɔgˌwʊd, ˈdɒg-)

n.
1. any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus, esp. C. sanguinea, of Europe, or C. florida, of America.
2. the wood of any of these trees.
adj.
3. made of such wood.
[1610–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dogwood - a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowersdogwood - a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers
Cornus, genus Cornus - a rosid dicot genus of the family Cornaceae including: dogwood; cornel: perennial chiefly deciduous shrubs or small trees of temperate regions of northern hemisphere
dogwood - hard tough wood of any dogwood of the genus Cornus; resembles boxwood
common white dogwood, Cornus florida, eastern flowering dogwood - deciduous tree; celebrated for its large white or pink bracts and stunning autumn color that is followed by red berries
American dogwood, Cornus stolonifera, red osier, red osier dogwood, redbrush, red dogwood - common North American shrub with reddish purple twigs and white flowers
Cornus obliqua, silky dogwood - shrub of eastern North America closely resembling silky cornel
Cornus amomum, silky cornel, silky dogwood - shrub of eastern North America having purplish stems and blue fruit
blood-twig, common European dogwood, Cornus sanguinea, pedwood, red dogwood - European deciduous shrub turning red in autumn having dull white flowers
bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, crackerberry, dwarf cornel, pudding berry - creeping perennial herb distinguished by red berries and clustered leaf whorls at the tips of shoots; Greenland to Alaska
cornelian cherry, Cornus mas - deciduous European shrub or small tree having bright red fruit
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
2.dogwood - hard tough wood of any dogwood of the genus Cornus; resembles boxwood
cornel, dogwood, dogwood tree - a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
Translations

dogwood

[ˈdɒgwʊd] n (= tree, bush) → cornouiller m
References in classic literature ?
It was noon now, and so hot that the dogwoods and scrub-oaks began to turn up the silvery underside of their leaves, and all the foliage looked soft and wilted.
I crossed the bridge and went upstream along the wooded shore to a pleasant dressing-room I knew among the dogwood bushes, all overgrown with wild grapevines.
Would he not suddenly sink into the earth, leaving a barren and blasted spot, where, in due course of time, would be seen deadly nightshade, dogwood, henbane, and whatever else of vegetable wickedness the climate could produce, all flourishing with hideous luxuriance?
These variations in the tones of the hounds passed with amazing rapidity; and, while his eyes were glancing along the margin of the water, a tearing of the branches of the alder and dogwood caught his attention, at a spot near them and at the next moment a noble buck sprang on the shore, and buried himself in the lake.
Some must have the flowering crocus, the wood-starring dogwood, the voice of bluebird--even so gross a reminder as the farewell handshake of the retiring buckwheat and oyster before they can welcome the Lady in Green to their dull bosoms.
Dogwoods with the best summer displays are Elegantissima, with pale green and silver foliage on bright red stems and White Gold which has shiny white variegated foliage on yellow stems.
Those findings report on forest decline in the Green Mountains of Vermont, dying dogwoods throughout the Middle Atlantic States, deadly effects of acid rain in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the impact of diseases and pests in the Sierra Nevada, and many other incidents of tree death.
Among a group of closely related dogwoods, all the Asian species have a compound fruit that looks like a fat strawberry, while all the species native to the Western Hemisphere have bunches of smaller, olive-type fruits.
Dogwoods are renowned for their shiny red bark, which glows brightest on a gloomy winter's day.
Just below the 15-foot-high roof-line of dominant pine foliage there were dogwoods, hollies, and redcedars; at ground level there were ferns and spring wildflowers.
With elms turned gold and hickories aflame And dogwoods turning red and sumac more so And oaks all turning, too
It needed more trees," says Mike Clay of Georgia Power's Land Department, "so we got a landscape plan from the city, bought 80 crepe myrtles, dogwoods, maples, Japanese cedars, and water oaks, and planted them with more company volunteers than we had trees