Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Buxaceae — the box trees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the type genus of the Buxaceae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants whose species afford the valuable hard wood called boxwood; the box.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Buxaceae

Etymologies

From Latin buxus, from Ancient Greek πύξος (puksos, "box tree"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Boxwood Buxus sempervirens was the wood of choice for European woodwinds since antiquity, and is still unbeatable for its warm tone.

    The white tree — late night version.

  • Along the sides of the escarpment Macchia-like evergreen and semi-evergreen scrub occurs with species such as Dracaena schizantha, Cadia purpea, Buxus hildebrandtii, and Pistacia aethiopica, while remnants of Juniperus forest grow at higher altitudes on the mountains.

    Somali montane xeric woodlands

  • A representative example of Cedar of Lebanon forests in south Anatolia; area includes quite a large strict nature reserve Korcoban K. Maras Nature Reserve Ia 580 Euro-Siberian relict forest with Fagus orientalis, Tilia rubra, Ilex colchica, Buxus balearica Area lies in the Amanos Mountains, one of the most important centres of endemism in the ecoregion; contains relict forest types belonging to the "Northern Anatolia Conifer and Deciduous Forest Ecoregion".

    Southern Anatolian montane conifer and deciduous forests

  • On the limestone plateau and upward to the middle slopes of the Hagghier Mountains there are areas of semi-deciduous thicket dominated by Rhus thyrsiflora, Buxus hildebrandtii, Carphalea obovata, and Croton spp.

    Socotra Island xeric shrublands

  • Groves of box Buxus colchica and yew Taxus baccata are especially prized.

    Western Caucasus, Russian Federation

  • A species of the genus Buxus (reported as extinct) was found in the area too.

    Alejandro de Humbodlt National Park, Cuba

  • Among tree species are Eyer evergreen chinquapin Castonopsis eyeri, Farges evergreen chinquapin C. fabri, Hance tanbark oak Lithocarpus hancei, blue Japanese oak Cyclobalanopsis glauca, Taiwan pine Pinus taiwanesis, Chinese little-leaf box tree Buxus sinica var. parvifolia, common Chinese birch Cunninghmia lanceolata, Chinese cedar Cryptomeria fortunei, Masson pine P. Massoniana, etc.

    Mount Wuyi, China

  • The distinctive forests of this region include many range-restricted species as Quercus castaneifolia, Zelkova carpinifolia, Parrotia persica, Albizzia julibrissin, Buxus hyrcana, Danaë racemosa, etc.

    Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests

  • Understory trees and tall shrubs beneath the fairly open canopy include Buxus natalensis, Englerophytum natalense, and Rothmannia globosa.

    Maputaland coastal forest mosaic

  • Unusual communities grow in mesic limestone gorges, including Buxus hildebrantii, Maytenus undata, and Vepris eugeniifolia.

    Hobyo grasslands and shrublands

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