silky dogwood

noun

variants or less commonly silky cornel
: either of two deciduous North American shrubs of moist areas having silky hairs on the leaves and shoots, reddish purple to reddish brown twigs and young branches, and flat-topped clusters of whitish flowers:
a
: a shrub (Cornus amomum) with a compact habit of growth and pale to dark blue berrylike fruits
b
: a closely related shrub (Cornus obliqua) with a looser habit of growth and blue to whitish fruit

Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silky dogwood was in 1834

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“Silky dogwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silky%20dogwood. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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