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 of dogwood from the Web
For example, instead of an invasive Callery pear tree, the app suggests non-native flowering trees, including other small flowering trees, such as Cornelian-cherry dogwood (Cornus mas) or the native Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis).
Looking back up toward the meadow, through the burgundy foliage of Japanese maples, the laciness of golden locust and past the snowy bracts of dogwood (Cornus kousa x C. nuttallii ‘Venus’ and Cornus ‘
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First Known Use of dogwood
DOGWOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dogwood for English Language Learners
: a type of bush or small tree with groups of small flowers
: the hard wood of a dogwood
DOGWOOD Defined for Kids
Definition of dogwood for Students
: a shrub or small tree with clusters of small flowers often surrounded by four showy leaves that look like petals
Medical Definition of dogwood
: any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus
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