dog·​wood ˈdȯg-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce dogwood (audio)
: 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 Since most of these species show their best flowering (and even bark color in the case of the red-stemmed dogwoods) annual rejuvenation pruning improves plant health and promotes maximum show in the garden. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 15 Mar. 2024 Even if dark clouds cover the sky, the purple wisteria and white dogwood blooms will compete with the colorful Easter clothes on worshippers filling up Sunday services in churches big and small throughout Arkansas. Werner Trieschmann,, 31 Mar. 2024 All are in harm's way, along with maples, cherries and dogwoods. USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2024 The same goes for native dogwoods, native hollies (particularly Ilex decidua, Ilex verticillata and Ilex opaca) and magnolias. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for dogwood 

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogwood was in 1598

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“Dogwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


dog·​wood ˈdȯg-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce dogwood (audio)
: any of various trees and shrubs having clusters of small flowers often surrounded by four showy leaves that look like petals

Medical Definition


dog·​wood ˈdȯ-ˌgwu̇d How to pronounce dogwood (audio)
: any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus

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