box·​wood | \ ˈbäks-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce boxwood (audio) \

Definition of boxwood

1 : the close-grained heavy hard tough wood of the box (genus Buxus) also : a wood of similar properties
2 : a tree producing boxwood

Examples of boxwood in a Sentence

We planted a few boxwoods.
Recent Examples on the Web Among the plants subjected to the most damage were xylosma, oleander, boxwood, Japanese plum (loquat), dwarf pittosporum and viburnum. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Why hollies are a great choice to replace freeze-damaged xylosma, oleander, boxwood, loquats, dwarf pittosporum and viburnum," 30 Apr. 2021 Lovely aromatics open, on this 2020 Cloudy Bay, with lime, gooseberry and peach mingling with a little boxwood and the perfume of tropical blossoms. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, "13 Superb New Sauvignon Blancs to Drink This Spring," 26 Apr. 2021 There are plants that are resistant to deer browsing; deer will generally eat yews and arborvitae, but leave boxwood alone. Tim Johnson,, "Haunted by last year’s garden fails? Here are common mistakes with shade, soil and plant selection to avoid this spring," 24 Apr. 2021 Sauvignon blanc gives a dry wine, aromatic, with fresh, often high, acidity and aromas such as gooseberry, rhubarb, passion fruit, green apples, grapefruit and sometimes boxwood and tropical fruit. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, "Sauvignon Blanc: This Multitalented, Aromatic Grape Is Growing In Popularity," 12 Apr. 2021 Alden Hopkins replaced boxwood in the Ellipse with the iconic hornbeam hedge. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "A century ago, landscape design was a man’s world. But these women created a garden for the ages.," 7 Apr. 2021 Sweet Box or Sarcococca is small evergreen plant from China related to boxwood. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mysteries solved for the last week of March.," 5 Apr. 2021 Here is a page about boxwood care from Clemson University Extension. oregonlive, "First-time gardener has a sunny, warm spot all ready to go. Now what? Ask an expert," 27 Mar. 2021 This life-like 22-inch tall boxwood bunny wreath is adorned with burlap ears and a bow. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Easter Decor Items You Can Score at Walmart," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of boxwood

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Boxwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boxwood

US : an evergreen bush or small tree that has small dark leaves and that is used especially to make hedges or boundaries in gardens
: the tough, hard wood of the boxwood

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