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i·ron·wood

 (ī′ərn-wo͝od′)
n.
1. Any of numerous trees, such as the hornbeam and the hop hornbeam, that have very hard wood.
2. The wood of any of these trees.

ironwood

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

i•ron•wood

(ˈaɪ ərnˌwʊd)

n.
any of various trees, as the hornbeam, yielding a hard, heavy wood.
[1650–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ironwood - handsome East Indian evergreen tree often planted as an ornamental for its fragrant white flowers that yield a perfumeironwood - handsome East Indian evergreen tree often planted as an ornamental for its fragrant white flowers that yield a perfume; source of very heavy hardwood used for railroad ties
genus Mesua, Mesua - genus of tropical Asiatic trees having large solitary flowers
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
2.ironwood - exceptionally tough or hard wood of any of a number of ironwood trees
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
3.ironwood - a small slow-growing deciduous tree of northern Iran having a low domed shapeironwood - a small slow-growing deciduous tree of northern Iran having a low domed shape
genus Parrotia, Parrotia - one species: iron tree
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
4.ironwood - medium-sized hop hornbeam of eastern North Americaironwood - medium-sized hop hornbeam of eastern North America
genus Ostrya, Ostrya - deciduous monoecious trees of Europe and Asia and America; sometimes placed in subfamily or family Carpinaceae
hop hornbeam - any of several trees resembling hornbeams with fruiting clusters resembling hops
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