from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several North American species of viburnum, such as Viburnum dentatum, having straight, tough stems formerly used by certain Native American peoples to make arrows.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any plant (Viburnum recognitum) closely related to southern arrow wood; eastern U.S. Maine to Ohio and Georgia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given in the United States to several species of shrubs or small trees used by the Indians for making their arrows, as Viburnum dentatum and V. acerifolium, Euonymus atropurpureus, Cornus florida, and in the western territories Tessaria borealis. See cut under Cornus.
- n. Same as cachimilla.
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Because I turned from all this sunset glory to find out what little bird was making the very big fuss near by, and because, parting the foliage of an arrow-wood bush, I looked with exquisite pleasure into the nest of a white-eyed vireo, does it mean that I am still unborn as to soul?
June seemed a little tardy here, but the elder, the rose, and the panicled cornel were almost ready, the button-bushes were showing ivory, while the arrow-wood, fully open, was glistening snowily everywhere, its tiny flower crowns falling and floating in patches down-stream, its over-sweet breath hanging heavy in the morning mist.
It was not consciously worked out by the birds, of course, but the patch of yellow-wood fragments on the side of the nest exactly matched the size and color of the fading cymes of arrow-wood blossoms all over the bush, so that I mistook the little domicile utterly on first parting the leaves.
The dogmackie, like others of the same family, is also called arrow-wood; probably their branches and stems have been employed, at some period or other in the history of arms, for making arrows.
Some held the cause of the return of youth to them and the ceasing of hoariness from them to be that they had heated the pot with arrow-wood, whilst others would have it that it came of eating the young roe's flesh; and this is indeed a wonder of wonders.
The arrows were made of reeds and various kinds of wood, including the syringa (_Philadelphus Lewisii_) and a small shrub or tree which the Indians called _Le-ham´-i-tee, _ or arrow-wood, and which grew quite plentifully in what is now known as Indian Canyon, near the Yosemite Falls.
As darkness gathered, gloomy forebodings took possession of her, and she climbed part way up the canyon called Le-ham´-i-tee [now known as Indian Canyon] because the arrow-wood grew there, and finally she stood at the very foot of the rocky wall which rose to dizzy heights above her, and there she waited through the long night.
This circular basin is verdant enough to the eye, the whole surface being covered by a thick growth of alders, arrow-wood, water-laurels, and other shrubs that flourish in a swamp, as well as a bountiful sprinkling of cat-tails on the edges.
This rivulet traverses a range of low grounds for some miles, occasionally spreading itself out into morasses, which were formerly, and in some places are now, overgrown with thickets of arrow-wood, nine-bark, and various other shrubs, the growth of this region.
The team's preliminary findings show that birds stopping over on Block Island favor the arrow-wood berry, which contains more anti-oxidants and pigments than the 11 other island berries studied by the researchers.
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