hard-wood

hardwood

[hahrd-wood]
noun
1.
the hard, compact wood or timber of various trees, as the oak, cherry, maple, or mahogany.
2.
a tree yielding such wood.
adjective
3.
made or constructed of hardwood: a hardwood floor.

Origin:
1560–70; hard + wood1

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hardwood (ˈhɑːdˌwʊd)
 
n
1.  the wood of any of numerous broad-leaved dicotyledonous trees, such as oak, beech, ash, etc, as distinguished from the wood of a conifer
2.  any tree from which this wood is obtained

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hardwood
1568, from hard + wood. From deciduous trees, distinguished from that of pines and firs.
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hardwood   (härd'wd')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. An angiosperm tree, especially as distinguished from a coniferous, or softwood, tree.

  2. The wood of an angiosperm tree. Hardwoods are in general harder than softwood. However, some hardwoods, such as basswood, are comparatively soft, while some softwoods, such as yew, are comparatively hard.


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