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.
the wood of any of these trees.

1650–60; iron + wood1 Unabridged
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ironwood (ˈaɪənˌwʊd)
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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Example sentences
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.
Immediately to your right is an open area in the ironwood trees.
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