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.

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Gardeners and landscapers should sanitize gardening tools between different plantings of boxwoods. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 Boxwood blight produces dark brown leaf spots and causes rapid defoliation that sometimes kills young boxwoods. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 The mood is not for cubes of boxwood and precision-cut yew, but a wilder shagginess. Kendra Wilson, Vogue, "At 2019’s Chelsea Flower Show, Wild Survivalist Gardens Grow," 21 May 2019 Dwarf Chinese hollies, dwarf yaupons and one of the improved Japanese boxwood selections also would be good options. Neil Sperry,, "How soon is too soon to use compost?," 7 June 2019 Tidy boxwood hedging outlines the spring display and provides a framework for later waves of allium and lilies that bloom companionably among the roses, valerian, yarrow and other summer perennials in the small but striking space. Lorene Edwards Forkner, The Seattle Times, "Richard Hartlage composes kaleidoscopic landscapes of bulbs — for Chihuly Garden and Glass, and his home," 13 Apr. 2019 The hill was replaced with a courtyard on level ground, featuring boxwoods and the home’s original porte-cochere. Andrea F. Siegel,, "A lush Ruxton garden that's always growing," 20 Mar. 2018 Make a wreath of huckleberry or boxwood leaves; place it in a flat bowl, and arrange fresh flowers in the center. Maggie O'neill, Good Housekeeping, "25 Practical Tips for Flower Arrangements From 1952," 7 May 2015 Amanda Nisbet: To add another layer to your table or bar cart, mix boxwood and white flowers and display them in mint julep cups. Colleen Egan, ELLE Decor, "Last-Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas from Designers," 3 Dec. 2014

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First Known Use of boxwood

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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