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driftwood

[drift-woo d] /ˈdrɪftˌwʊd/
noun
1.
wood floating on a body of water or cast ashore by it.
2.
such wood adapted for use in interior decoration.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or made of driftwood:
a driftwood lamp.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; drift + wood1
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Examples from the web for driftwood
  • He scours the city for junk to bring home: driftwood, tyres, cast-off clothing.
  • Watch for rattlesnakes in driftwood and in rocky areas.
  • Today it is a protected beach and salt marsh, scattered with sun-bleached driftwood and taiga woodlands.
  • Fishing line trails from broken rods tangled in driftwood.
  • Visitors comb the sands for gnarled bits of driftwood and abalone shells, check out the tide pools and hike the wooded areas.
  • Walks along the beach allow you to discover shells, driftwood, birds and other animals.
  • After stepping over some large driftwood, you'll find a sandy beach that stretches to the north and south.
  • In the lobby area, driftwood, brickwork and original art set the tone.
  • He was showing signs of lethargy and dehydration, and they found driftwood in his throat that needed to be removed.
  • Shells, starfish and driftwood are obvious choices for beach or lake house decor.
British Dictionary definitions for driftwood

driftwood

/ˈdrɪftˌwʊd/
noun
1.
wood floating on or washed ashore by the sea or other body of water
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Word Origin and History for driftwood
n.

1630s, from drift (v.) + wood (n.).

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