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

  • n. The wood of a dicotyledonous tree.
  • n. A dicotyledonous tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (mostly in botany and forestry) The wood from any dicotyledonous tree, without regard to its hardness.
  • n. (in more general use) As the preceding but limited to those that are commercial timbers, and are at least average in hardness.
  • n. The tree or tree species that yields the preceding.
  • n. A joint term for the commercial timbers, without distinguishing which.
  • n. The sport of basketball, in particular the basketball court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. wood of a solid or hard texture; as walnut, oak, ash, box, and the like, in distinction from pine, poplar, hemlock, etc.
  • n. The wood of broad-leaved dicotyledonous trees (as distinguished from the wood of conifers); also items made from such wood.
  • adj. Made of the hard-to-cut wood of a broad-leaved tree, as e.g. oak; consisting of a hardwood; ; -- of wood and wooden objects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a hard wood (see hard wood, under wood, n.), as a tree; bearing trees with hard wood, as a forest; made of hard wood: as, a hardwood floor.
  • n. A hardwood tree.

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

  • n. the wood of broad-leaved dicotyledonous trees (as distinguished from the wood of conifers)

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