from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Australia, certain trees having a solid, close bark, especially species of Eucalyptus. See ironbark-tree.—

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Bot.) The Australian Eucalyptus Sideroxylon, used largely by carpenters and shipbuilders; -- called also ironwood. Also applied to other Australian eucalyptuses with a hard, solid bark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several unrelated trees that have dark, deeply furrowed bark


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  • On these hills grew the varieties of eucalypti known in the colony, such as ironbark, bluegum, and stringybark.

    Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Volume 2

  • Next he selected a fallen ironbark tree and further imprinted the paper by pressing and scraping the board against its blackened bark.


  • As the railways expanded across Australia, more and more sleepers were needed, and ironbark was tough and long lasting.


  • When Roy started milling ironbark in 1979, forty sleeper-cutters were still at work out in the Pilliga.


  • Ironbark splits well, so a selection of wedges was often driven in with a mall made of a rare, tough, highly valued timber known as Gunnedah ironbark.


  • The best places to look are in the box-ironbark forests of central Victoria.

    At My Table

  • When I was growing up, we used to cut a selection of trees from the ironbark scrub in the house paddock and turn the verandah into a forest.

    Illustration Friday: Hatch

  • It stood just outside the forest in an open field with an old ironbark in it that had shed a mighty bough: a challenge for anyone with a saw.


  • The best places to look are in the box-ironbark forests of central Victoria.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • The charcoal marks on the paper suggested insects or the flight of birds, and the ironbark created the fish-scale pattern you notice in the drifted sand when you fly over a desert, or in wood ash washed out by rain: a common motif in Aboriginal art.



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