from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Ostrya, especially O. virginiana of eastern North America, having unisexual flowers grouped in catkins and fruit clusters resembling hops.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The American ironwood, Ostrya Virginica: so called from the resemblance of the inflated involucre to the fruit of the hop.
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- noun A tree of the species
- noun Its wood.
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- noun any of several trees resembling hornbeams with fruiting clusters resembling hops
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From the resemblance of the fruit to hops. See hornbeam
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