Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tree (Cornus florida) of eastern North America, having small greenish flowers surrounded by four large, showy white or pink bracts that resemble petals.
  • n. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Cornus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small trees of the genus Cornus, especially the wild cornel and the flowering cornel
  • n. The wood of such trees and shrubs.
  • n. A wood or tree similar to this genus, used in different parts of the world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Cornus, a genus of large shrubs or small trees, the wood of which is exceedingly hard, and serviceable for many purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tree of the genus Cornus; the cornel; especially, in Europe, the wild or male cornel, C. sanguinea. Also called dogwood-tree.
  • n. The wood of trees of the genus Cornus.
  • n. Any cornel-like shrub so called, as in England the Euonymus Europœus.
  • n.
  • n. Pomaderris apetala, a small rhamnaceous tree of Tasmania, yielding a beautiful satiny wood suitable for carving and turning. See Pomaderris.
  • n. The poison sumac, Rhus Vernix.
  • n. The hop-tree, Ptelea trifoliata.
  • n. Same as Jamaica *dogwood.

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

  • n. a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers
  • n. hard tough wood of any dogwood of the genus Cornus; resembles boxwood

Etymologies

From dag, a sharp object, + wood. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact, the dogwood is a poignant reminder of the hundred-year gap between the first and second incarnations of this garden.

    A Brand-New Olmsted

  • The man sitting alone in the shade of a small dogwood is equally unaware.

    CLOUD DANCING • by J. Thomas Arant

  • Our dogwood is filled with white blossoms though, and I know the geese will be laying eggs.

    Sprung!

  • Actually, I thought it was a dogwood from the flowers, but only recalled seeing them before some 30 yrs ago, while growing up here in the Pacific Northwest.

    Dogwood Fruit

  • There are stately pine forests extending along the centre of the island; but the most beautiful of its trees are what are commonly called dogwood, the laurel, and a delicate species of the white oak.

    North Carolina and its Resources.

  • The berry of the round-leaved dogwood is of a very delicate blue.

    Rural Hours

  • Carolyn Gail, thanks, I also thought the dogwood was our tree, but was corrected and now know it is the tulip poplar.

    Pink Dogwood Winter « Fairegarden

  • The dogwood is a seedling from our first Tennessee house, one of several herethat are now flowering size.

    Enigmatic Prose « Fairegarden

  • When "the leaf of the dogwood is the size of a squirrel's ear," it is planting time.

    Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children

  • The mosses and the lichens have proceeded far enough in their work of disintegration to provide substance for the slender red stem of dogwood, which is growing out of the soil they have made.

    Some Winter Days in Iowa

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  • Arf, arf, Stephen says every time he passes one. (sorry)

    July 12, 2007