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 Out of all the trees in our yard, only the dogwood suffered. oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2021 Red osier dogwood is a native blooming shrub that is found along stream beds. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 Red twig dogwood is a common garden plant and generally an easy and reliable shrub to grow. Tim Johnson,, 27 June 2021 To commemorate their life, Helen’s friends campaigned to have Oberlin plant a dogwood tree on the lawn of Burton, where Helen spent their first and only semester at college. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 21 Oct. 2021 As if all this isn’t enough, the stems of this dogwood glow a brilliant red during the typically dreary winter months. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 Eastern redbud, roughleaf dogwood, elms, sycamore and black walnut mingle with prickly pear cactus and Yucca. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Norris often leans on chokeberry, leadplant, red osier dogwood, and small junipers in his garden. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Sep. 2021 At Hoyt Arboretum, just to the south, the beloved magnolia and dogwood collections (known for their spring blooms) had not yet popped. oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dogwood

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dogwood was in 1598

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“Dogwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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