box·​wood ˈbäks-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce boxwood (audio)
: the close-grained heavy hard tough wood of the box (genus Buxus)
also : a wood of similar properties
: a tree producing boxwood

Examples of boxwood in a Sentence

We planted a few boxwoods.
Recent Examples on the Web The property is especially lovely during the spring when the boxwood gardens are in magnificent bloom. Sandra MacGregor, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Curiously, except for some handsome mature trees, boxwoods and four fountains installed by Buck Duke, the grounds surrounding the house seem never to have been a particular focus of its various owners. Emily Hedrick, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 Choose a silky ribbon in a complementary color to bring together the Christmas accents and the greenery. 40 of 56 Boxwood Blue Christmas Wreath This boxwood beauty is an elegant way to break outside the circle. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2023 There is no cure for boxwood blight, but by tweaking planting and growing techniques and choosing varieties that tend to be more resistant to the disease, boxwood is still a very viable option for many. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 Preserved just as they were designed in the 1930s, the gardens include a cascading fountain, terraced lawns, roses tumbling over stone walls, and a formal boxwood garden. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 9 Jan. 2024 It's made of a blend of boxwood, evergreen, Fraser fir, white pine, and cedar, providing a nature-friendly ambiance to your home. Nicole Pyles, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2023 Hanle agrees, and says her favorites include magnolia, boxwood, and the classic-yet-current fresh pine. Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 Depending on the plant in question, laurels, boxwoods, and rhododendrons all respond a little differently. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boxwood was in 1601

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“Boxwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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box·​wood ˈbäk-ˌswu̇d How to pronounce boxwood (audio)
: the tough hard wood of the box
also : the box tree

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