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ironwood

[ahy-ern-woo d] /ˈaɪ ərnˌwʊd/
noun
1.
any of various trees yielding a hard, heavy wood, as the American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, or Lyonothamnus floribundus, found on the islands off the coast of S California.
2.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; iron + wood1
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British Dictionary definitions for iron-wood

ironwood

/ˈaɪənˌwʊd/
noun
1.
any of various betulaceous trees, such as hornbeam, that have very hard wood
2.
a Californian rosaceous tree, Lyonothamnus floribundus, with very hard wood
3.
any of various other trees with hard wood, such as the mopani
4.
the wood of any of these trees
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