ironwood

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iron·wood

noun \-ˌwd\

Definition of IRONWOOD

1
:  any of numerous trees and shrubs (as a hornbeam or hop hornbeam) with exceptionally tough or hard wood
2
:  the wood of an ironwood

First Known Use of IRONWOOD

1657

ironwood

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of numerous trees and shrubs, found worldwide, that have exceptionally tough or hard wood useful for timber, fence posts, and tool handles. Species include the eastern, or American, hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), a small tree of northern Iran (Parrotia persica), and Ceylon ironwood (Mesua ferrea). Though these trees belong to different plant orders, all have bright yellow to orange and scarlet autumn foliage.

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