dog wood

dogwood

[dawg-wood, dog-]
noun
1.
any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus, especially C. sanguinea, of Europe, or C. florida, of America.
2.
the wood of any such tree.
3.
a light to medium brown or a medium yellowish-brown color.
adjective
4.
having the color dogwood.

Origin:
1610–20; dog + wood1

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dogwood (ˈdɒɡˌwʊd)
 
n
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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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 its fruit, which was called dogberry from 1550s, and dog had implications of "cheap, inferior."
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