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 The tidy row of low boxwoods set in front encloses the garden area. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "See How One Alabama Family Transformed a Starter House Into Their Forever Home," 25 Apr. 2020 With memories of boxwoods ravaged by last January’s bitter cold spell, many gardeners are trying to protect shrubs this winter by wrapping them in burlap. Beth Botts,, "Burlap can protect shrubs, but don’t wrap them up," 23 Nov. 2019 American boxwoods and autumn ferns accent the entryway. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "Peek Inside an Alabama Backyard Retreat Built for Embracing Nature," 25 Apr. 2020 There are terraces, formal garden beds surrounded by gravel paths, flowering trees, elegant boxwoods, a firepit, and an in-ground pool surrounded by stone paving. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$2 Million Homes in Pennsylvania, New York and New Orleans," 18 Mar. 2020 In the rear, that blooms into an extensive perennial garden, again with brick paving and scores of boxwood to shape flower beds. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.1M Birmingham home is a 'secluded haven' on unusual lot," 22 June 2019 Lined with beautiful boxwoods and handsome hydrangeas, this garden has become a beloved space that regularly plays host to gatherings, but also serves as a quiet space to find respite from everyday stressors. al, "Get a glimpse into this beautiful Alabama garden," 6 Apr. 2020 Pruned in undulating waves, the 3,000 Portuguese laurels, beeches and boxwoods make an impressive showcase to set off Ms Vasconcelos’s spirited creation (pictured). The Economist, "Looking for gardeners Finding a great gardener can be a challenge in Britain," 14 Mar. 2020 Stuart loves tiny boxwood topiaries with little colored flowers or herbs. Melissa Rayworth,, "Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of boxwood

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2020

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“Boxwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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