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[dawg-woo d, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌwʊd, ˈdɒg-/
any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus, especially C. sanguinea, of Europe, or C. florida, of America.
the wood of any such tree.
a light to medium brown or a medium yellowish-brown color.
having the color dogwood.
Origin of dogwood
1610-20; dog + wood1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dogwood
  • Still there's something comfortable and soothing in the sight of a sunflower or a blossoming dogwood.
  • Ornamental crops, such as dogwood and azalea, are harvested for landscape gardening.
  • Nature-loving tourists will view maple, oak, birch and dogwood trees sporting colorful autumn leaves.
  • Take advantage as well of horseback riding and mountain biking among the native dogwood trees.
  • For some, redbud, dogwood and the first tinge of tender green are the attraction.
  • So it is fitting that as the city is awash in tulips, azaleas and dogwood, a three-day celebration is to be held in her honor.
  • Flowering dogwood is a small deciduous tree, characterized by branches that spread wider than its height.
  • dogwood anthracnose is a disease that occurs in the forest environment at higher elevations and in cool moist areas.
British Dictionary definitions for dogwood


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
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Word Origin and History for dogwood

shrubs and small trees of the genus Cornus, 1610s, earlier dog-tree (1540s); the first element sometimes said to have been perhaps dag -- cf. dagger, dag (v.) "to pierce or stab" (1630s, perhaps 15c.) -- the trees have hard, white wood that was used in making skewers; another name for it was skewer-wood. But another guess is that the tree was given the name in reference to its fruit, which was called dogberry from 1550s, and dog had implications of "cheap, inferior" (i.e. "fit for a dog").

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