from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The box plant.
- n. The wood of the box plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The box tree, Buxus sempervirens.
- n. The hard, close-grained wood of this tree, used in delicate woodwork and in making inlays
- n. Any tree of genus Buxus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The wood of the box (Buxus).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fine hard-grained timber of the box, much used by wood-engravers and in the manufacture of musical and mathematical instruments, tool-handles, etc.
- n. The name given to several trees which have hard, compact wood, taking a fine polish: in the United States to Cornus florida, and in the West Indies to Schœfferia frutescens, Vitex umbrosa, and Tecoma pentaphylla. Some species of Eucalyptus and of Tristania are so called in Australia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. evergreen shrubs or small trees
- n. very hard tough close-grained light yellow wood of the box (particularly the common box); used in delicate woodwork: musical instruments and inlays and engraving blocks
This tiny boxwood is only about 6 inches tall late in the year, it’s often gray and bleak outside — there’s nothing colorful for the eye to fall on.
The undulating holloway, which has itself sunk through the steady erosion of cartwheels and hooves up to fifteen feet beneath the hillside, translates you from the present into an earlier era when John Nash carved out his woodcuts in English boxwood at the kitchen table under a single lamp-bulb and cultivated the half-wild garden.
See Amelanchier for substitutes for boxwood, which is costly.
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs
The flowering plants were clipped clean to the ground, and the boxwood was perfectly manicured in patterns that looked as if they had been formed by big biscuit cutters.
Watched her push back through the boxwood in silence.
Faced with the impossibility of obtaining traditional end-grain boxwood blocks to engrave, Mr. Moser found a modern substitute—his striking designs were engraved on polymer resin.
In the garden out front, hot-pink roses keep company with boxwood hedges and a bronze sculpture of Prometheus Unbound.
Some of the original boxwood trees are still on the grounds by the pergola.
During the spring and summer, it looks likea low, green shrub — sort of boxwood-looking.
In part of the garden designed by Le Nôtre at Château Gourdon, high above the valley, crisp boxwood balls line a path to the edge of the terrace and draw you to the view.