dog·wood | \ ˈdȯg-ˌwu̇d \

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.

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The dogwood is simply one of nature’s most beautiful creations. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Blaze of Glory," 16 May 2018 Indeed, dormant stems of some plants such as red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea) can handle immersion in liquid nitrogen – that’s better than -300 degrees F! Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "What happens in your Kentucky garden during really cold weather," 5 Jan. 2018 For example, pines, dogwoods, and wild blueberries form a guild for acid soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem," 1 Mar. 2017 Large shrubs or small trees: Japanese maple (Acer palmatum); pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia); ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius); redbud (Cercis canadensis). Beth Botts,, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018 Leaf spots If the rain continues, most trees and shrubs — from dogwoods to Viburnums and many in between — will have brown spots this summer. Vikki Ortiz,, "Thanks to rainy spring, 4 tree diseases expected across Chicagoland this summer," 23 May 2018 Though the Bronx River is largely hidden, the verdant shore can be seen at two-acre Drew Gardens, which is planted with magnolias, dogwood and Japanese maples. New York Times, "West Farms, the Bronx: Flora, Fauna and Renewal," 13 June 2018 The book also showcases a forest full of cloud-like native dogwoods, yellow Lady Banks's rose as groundcover, and even flower-shaped fungus sprouting from leaf litter. Birmingham Magazine,, "Birmingham magazine's top pop culture picks for April," 17 Apr. 2018 Sadly, dogwood trees are particularly susceptible to a fungal blight known as anthracnose. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Blaze of Glory," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of dogwood

1598, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of dogwood 

: any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus

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