: a genus of small trees (family Corylaceae) of the northern hemisphere having smooth fluted beechlike bark, straight-veined leaves, fruit that is a nut in the axil of a leaflike lobed bract, and very hard strong wood

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, hornbeam; akin to Lithuanian skirpstus copper beech and probably to Greek karpos fruit

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“Carpinus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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