ironwood

noun
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 Two unique trees that grow a little larger and like more sunlight include Canadian red chokecherry, Persian ironwood and paperbark maple. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 Sprinkled with Saguaros, mesquites and ironwood trees, the course offers great rates year-round with plenty of natural desert beauty. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Professional designs, desert beauty, make Tucson golf a winner," 31 May 2018 Species available for planting include ironwood, hackberry, American linden, red and swamp oak and the Kentucky coffee tree. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Blue Island is better looking, more engaged after tree-planting campaign," 23 May 2018 By May, watch prickly pears sprout on the cacti and desert ironwood trees grow soft coatings of lavender flowers. Alex Schechter, Smithsonian, "12 Mesmerizing Places to Watch Flowers Bloom," 3 Mar. 2017 For shade, Béchard-Butman suggests planting the slow growing Florida live oak, or Black ironwood (Krugeodendrum ferrum), which is a sturdy hardwood, as its name suggests. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Christensen: A tale of two trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma | Commentary," 16 Sep. 2017 The peninsula is covered with ironwood trees and is roughly 1.25 miles from the road. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Lana Del Rey's 13 Beaches: A 'Lust For Life'-Inspired Guide To The World's Most Luxe Black Sand Shores," 28 Aug. 2017 By these standards, Dunia Baru is the ultimate ship, a creation honed by carpenters wielding only saws and hammers to shape its hulking beams—28,000 cubic feet of dense ironwood. Sean Hotchkiss, CNT, "Charting Indonesia's Eastern Islands on a Luxury Yacht," 24 July 2017 IRONWOOD: Eagle — Rick Zepeda, No.6, 478 yards, putter. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Golf honor scores," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of ironwood

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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