iron·​wood | \ ˈī(-ə)rn-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce ironwood (audio) \

Definition of ironwood

1 : any of numerous trees and shrubs (such as a hornbeam or hop hornbeam) with exceptionally tough or hard wood
2 : the wood of an ironwood

Examples of ironwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Borneo ironwood and other tropical hardwood trees have long blanketed this rugged island in Indonesia. NBC News, 11 Dec. 2021 Between them were splinters of ironwood, a material used by the site’s inhabitants to pry abalone from slick rock outcrops. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 That ironwood tree shading the cabin earned notoriety as the Hanging Tree. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2021 These include more than 250 varieties of species such as cedar of Lebanon (part of the park’s extensive cedar collection), Persian ironwood, and Oriental sweet gum. Alyssa Giacobbe,, 4 Mar. 2021 Where aspens are scarce or absent, important winter foods include the buds and catkins of apple, alder, birch, black cottonwood, cherry, ironwood, willow, and cedar. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 24 Dec. 2020 Persian ironwood and paperbark maple are two sleepers that are hard to find in the garden centers but worth the effort. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 19 Nov. 2020 Other trees to rival maples with riotous hues of red, orange and yellow simultaneously are the tupelo and Persian ironwood. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2020 Mexican sycamore, Texas ash, Persian ironwood, loquat leaf oak, desert willow, ginkgo, trident maple, Mexican plum and Walter’s viburnum. Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ironwood

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ironwood was in 1657

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“Ironwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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