Chinese dogwood

noun

: dogwood
The Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) has the flowers open after the first set of leaves have expanded therefore the showy white bracts are partially hidden by the new leaves.Harvey Cotten, Huntsville (Alabama) Times, 19 Apr. 2008

Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinese dogwood was in 1953

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“Chinese dogwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chinese%20dogwood. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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