hornbeam

noun
horn·​beam | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌbēm How to pronounce hornbeam (audio) \

Definition of hornbeam

: any of a genus (Carpinus) of trees of the birch family having smooth gray bark and hard white wood

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Frank and other scientists had observed that truffles always grew around certain trees, such as beeches, hornbeams, oaks, and pines. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 Harry and Meghan used florist Philippa Craddock to design their wedding flowers, and the couple included white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies, along with branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam in their arrangements. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "What Flowers Will Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Have At Their Wedding?," 12 July 2018 The wedding arrangements also included branches of beech, birch and hornbeam as well as foxgloves and peonies. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding Flowers Were Turned Into Bouquets for Hospice Patients," 20 May 2018 Photo: courtesy of Longleat Hedge Maze Il Labirinto D'Amore, Stra, Italy In the 18th century, the Doge of Venice, Alvise Pisani, commissioned architects to design a maze of hornbeam hedges in his villa's extensive gardens just outside of Venice. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images The Flowers The flowers on display in St. George's Chapel featured plants like beech, birch, and hornbeam among white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Honored Princess Diana in the Sweetest Ways," 19 May 2018 Among the seasonal branches of beech, birch and hornbeam – along with plenty of Meghan’s favorite peonies – it was also revealed that the florist would be incorporating white garden roses into the floral displays, which were Diana’s favorite flower. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Paying Tribute to Princess Diana on Their Wedding Day," 8 May 2018 Craddock is using branches of beech, birch and hornbeam to complete her wedding look. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: Megan Pendergrass, CNN, "How to throw one helluva (proper) Royal Wedding party," 2 May 2018 Her team plans to use white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the floral displays, which will be distributed to local charities after the wedding. Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Royal wedding 2018: What we know so far," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hornbeam

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hornbeam

Middle English hernbem, from hern- (of uncertain meaning and origin) + bem "tree" — more at beam entry 1

Note: The tree name hornbeam is generally taken to be a compound of horn and the etymon represented by Modern English beam entry 1, which in Old English and early Middle English could mean "tree." However, the scant Middle English attestation—a single occurrence of the word in Chancery inquisitions as hernbem, and forms of the Hertfordshire place name Hornbeam Lane (Herinbemegatestret, Hernebemgate)—suggest that horn may have been a folk etymology from an earlier word.

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