the hard, fine-grained, compact wood of the box shrub or tree, used for wood-engravers' blocks, musical instruments, etc.
the tree or shrub itself.
Compare box3.

1645–55; box3 + wood1 Unabridged
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boxwood (ˈbɒksˌwʊd)
1.  the hard close-grained yellow wood of the box tree, used to make tool handles, small turned or carved articles, etc
2.  the box tree

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hard, heavy, fine-grained wood, usually white or light yellow, that is obtained from the box (Buxus sempervirens) and other small trees of the genus Buxus; about 30 species of shrubby evergreen plants are in the family Buxaceae. Boxwood also refers to many other woods with a similar density and grain, such as Venezuelan boxwood, or zapatero (Gossypiospermum praecox), a South American tree of the family Flacourtiaceae; West Indian boxwood, a North American lumber trade name for wood from two tropical American trees, Phyllostylon brasiliensis of the family Ulmaceae and Tabebuia pentaphylla of the family Bignoniaceae; and a number of woods from Australian trees in the genera Eucalyptus and Tristania (family Myrtaceae), Alyxia (family Apocynaceae), and Murraya (family Rutaceae).

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Example sentences
The low inner hedges are sculpted from boxwood, while the perimeter hedge is arborvitae.
No more driving out to the countryside in hopes of finding an old house with a few roomfuls of furniture and a boxwood maze.
Deer will generally eat yews and arborvitae and leave boxwood alone.
The gardens are evergreen, with many varieties of boxwood, camellias and crepe myrtle.
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