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flowering dogwood

noun
1.
a North American dogwood tree, Cornus florida, having small greenish flowers in the spring, surrounded by white or pink bracts that resemble petals: the state flower and the state tree of Virginia.
Also called boxwood.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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