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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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  • When "the leaf of the dogwood is the size of a squirrel's ear," it is planting time.

  • Violet and bloodroot, dogwood and purple Judas tree were all bespangled, bespangled with dew.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It seldom has much, and small trunks often none; but when dogwood reaches maturity it develops heart.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Senators were less ornamental than the dogwood or even the judas-tree.

  • When the dogwood and the strawberry bloomed, England-in-America had a population of but sixty.

  • The dogwood, too, is opening, and the wild guelder-roses there are in full bloom.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • English cornel or dogwood (Cornus mas) has been planted in many parts of this country.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Persimmon and dogwood are examples, and hickory in a less degree.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • And how brightly then do the red berries of the dogwood shine out from the warm yellow-green of leaves and mosses!

    Steep Trails John Muir
  • The dogwood, too, will come, and there are two cabins to come.

    Hour of Enchantment Roy J. Snell
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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