red osier


Definition of red osier

: a common shrubby North American dogwood (Cornus stolonifera synonym C. sericea) with reddish-purple twigs, small white flowers, and globose blue or whitish fruit

Examples of red osier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, dormant stems of some plants such as red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea) can handle immersion in liquid nitrogen – that’s better than -300 degrees F! Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "What happens in your Kentucky garden during really cold weather," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of red osier

1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Red osier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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