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

Examples of hornbeam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tree species brought to the site by the Chicago Region Trees Initiative included American hornbeam, American plum, hackberry, shagbark hickory, chinkapin oak, shingle oak, wahoo and umbrella tree magnolia, according to officials. Kaitlin Edquist, chicagotribune.com, "Go Green Northbrook, Park District partner to plant trees," 29 Sep. 2020 Redbud and sweetgum, chokecherry and crabapple, hornbeam and plum. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 22 Sep. 2020 There are other possibilities, like other maples, dogwood, hornbeam, etc. oregonlive, "Don’t remember what type of raspberry you planted 20 years ago? Ask an expert," 5 Oct. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hornbeam.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hornbeam

Time Traveler for hornbeam

Time Traveler

The first known use of hornbeam was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for hornbeam

Cite this Entry

“Hornbeam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornbeam. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on hornbeam

Nglish: Translation of hornbeam for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hornbeam

Comments on hornbeam

What made you want to look up hornbeam? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!