dog·​wood | \ ˈdȯg-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce dogwood (audio) \

Definition of dogwood

: any of various trees and shrubs (genus Cornus of the family Cornaceae, the dogwood family) with clusters of small flowers and often large white, pink, or red involucral bracts

Examples of dogwood in a Sentence

The furniture is made of dogwood.
Recent Examples on the Web Siberian bellflower in late spring, magnolia and dogwood in summer. New York Times, "T Black Book: Florists," 18 Nov. 2020 With the azalea bushes and dogwood trees blooming and the cheers of fans floating through the tall pine trees, the Masters is an annual sign that spring has arrived. Washington Post, "Golf’s Masters tournament breaks with tradition and so does a serious contender," 12 Nov. 2020 Collect leaves from different kinds of trees, then use one color and type of leaf per container (for example, red maple leaves versus red dogwood leaves). Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Need some re-leaf? Try these tree-tastic science experiments to keep kids busy this fall.," 28 Oct. 2020 The dogwood’s brown tissues between the leaf veins are classic symptoms of a water shortage. oregonlive, "Wildfire ash and smoke leave Oregon gardeners with questions: Ask an expert," 19 Sep. 2020 What is the general goal in pruning a young dogwood? Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: How to control Japanese knotweed and prune a dogwood," 13 Aug. 2020 Ancient tiling appears to run all the way from South Park Boulevard to the lake, along with a very old hedge of gray dogwood. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Friends of Lower Shaker Lake work to restore Shaker Heights’ natural beauty," 1 Sep. 2020 And the Masters will be played from November 12 to 15, when there are no azalea bushes or dogwood trees blooming anywhere in Georgia. Washington Post, "After coronavirus delays, sports leagues are back. But hockey in August feels weird.," 19 Aug. 2020 My ‘Stellar Pink’ dogwood, planted two falls ago, has lots of top growth but some lateral branches are drooping. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: How to control Japanese knotweed and prune a dogwood," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dogwood

1598, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Dogwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dogwood

: a type of bush or small tree with groups of small flowers
: the hard wood of a dogwood


dog·​wood | \ ˈdȯg-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce dogwood (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogwood

: a shrub or small tree with clusters of small flowers often surrounded by four showy leaves that look like petals


dog·​wood | \ ˈdȯ-ˌgwu̇d How to pronounce dogwood (audio) \

Medical Definition of dogwood

: any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus

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