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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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Examples for ironwood
  • He stopped at an ironwood tree to admire its silvery fluted trunk, its striking combination of delicacy and strength.
  • The frame, wheels and cogs are birch, and the bearings are ironwood.
  • Second, the restaurant is an open-air beach pavilion, made from ironwood trees harvested from the surrounding area.
  • Plants such as lotus, ironwood and acacias rely on small leathery leaves to keep water loss to a minimum.
  • The desert ironwood provides many plants and animals with food, shelter, and nesting places.
  • Immediately to your right is an open area in the ironwood trees.
British Dictionary definitions for ironwood

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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