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.

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The couple also planted a small dogwood tree in front of the windows, anticipating the burst of filtered color when the tree blooms next spring. Richard A. Marini,, "1927 Alta Vista home gets modern addition in San Antonio," 4 Sep. 2019 Each spring, as the dogwoods begin to bloom, salmon leave the deep-blue pastures of the North Pacific and return to their natal streams to spawn and die. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 Over the last few years ago, Kennedy, former president of Marion County Master Gardeners, lost a maple, then a birch, then a dogwood, and then another maple in yard. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: The sun is a blessing and a curse in the garden," 1 Aug. 2019 The dramatic spring blooming dogwoods prefer the sandy, acid soil of East Texas but will perform well in the black soils if planted in prepared beds. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 Among trees listed on the plans are maples, birch, ginkgoes, white firs and white pine, along with such ornamentals as redbud, dogwood, magnolia and lilacs. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn factory plan calls for hundreds of trees surrounding concrete and metal walls," 17 June 2019 The dogwood itself would have barred passage along the public sidewalk to passersby. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "I let my plants tell me where they want to live," 29 June 2019 Other fungi disease may cause leaf spots, such as on dogwoods and tomatoes. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Weather prime for fungus problems," 28 June 2019 In spring, dogwoods, blush-pink azaleas, and white hydrangeas that look like perfectly round snowballs are in full bloom everywhere. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019

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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 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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