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[drift-woo d] /ˈdrɪftˌwʊd/
wood floating on a body of water or cast ashore by it.
such wood adapted for use in interior decoration.
of, relating to, or made of driftwood:
a driftwood lamp.
Origin of driftwood
1605-15; drift + wood1 Unabridged
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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


wood floating on or washed ashore by the sea or other body of water
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Word Origin and History for driftwood

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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