american horn-beam

American hornbeam

noun
See under hornbeam.

Origin:
1775–85, Americanism

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hornbeam

[hawrn-beem]
noun
any North American shrub or tree belonging to the genus Carpinus, of the birch family, yielding a hard, heavy wood, as C. caroliniana (American hornbeam)

Origin:
1570–80; horn + beam

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hornbeam (ˈhɔːnˌbiːm)
 
n
1.  any tree of the betulaceous genus Carpinus, such as C. betulus of Europe and Asia, having smooth grey bark and hard white wood
2.  the wood of any of these trees
 
[C14: from horn + beam, referring to its tough wood]

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