from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various trees of the genus Carpinus, having smooth grayish bark and hard whitish wood.
- n. The wood of one of these trees.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree of the genus Carpinus, having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the United States.
- n. A hop hornbeam.
- n. The wood of these trees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tree of the genus Carpinus (Carpinus Americana), having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard. It is common along the banks of streams in the United States, and is also called ironwood. The English hornbeam is Carpinus Betulus. The American is called also blue beech and water beech.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small tree belonging to the genus Carpinus, of the natural order Cupuliferæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Carpinus
c. 1570, from Old English horn + beam ("tree") (Wiktionary)