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

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We planted a few boxwoods.

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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 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

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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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