box·​wood | \ˈbäks-ˌwu̇d \

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

And on an outdoor dining terrace complete with fireplace, wisteria vines were pruned and boxwood trees removed for a plein-air feel. Stephen Henderson, ELLE Decor, "In the Mix," 30 July 2010 Brussel will style multiple Kingsville boxwood bonsai on a lace rock., "8 gardening events not to miss: Orchid show, rose workshop and Great Backyard Bird Count," 9 Feb. 2018 Forming nine concentric rings, the tall hedges (now of boxwood) lead to a lookout tower in the center, which is reached by ascending a double-spiral staircase. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 This refreshing wine offers up the aroma of boxwood accompanied by pear, anise seed, lemon and green apple notes. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 There is a guest bedroom with a marble bathroom across the hall and one of two master bedrooms, with an en suite marble bath, a walk-in closet and a 10-by-16-foot terrace with granite pavers and plantings like boxwood and a Japanese maple tree. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 Or use plants like boxwood, privet, laurel and Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) that respond well to shearing into spheres, squares or other shapes., "When to prune shrubs, and when to put down the clippers," 24 Feb. 2018 The pergola supports a wisteria vine and is surrounded by boxwood topiaries. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "40 Best Small Patio Ideas For Creating An Outdoor Entertaining Space," 9 Aug. 2017 The circa 1783 house built by Major Thomas Snowden and his bride, Anne, surrounded by large trees and boxwoods, rises from what was once a 9,000-acre plantation. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Montpelier Mansion celebrating and fundraising," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of boxwood

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boxwood was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of boxwood

: 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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