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

Time Traveler
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 21 Jun. 2024.

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