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Noun: ironwood  'I(-u)rn,wûd
  1. Handsome East Indian evergreen tree often planted as an ornamental for its fragrant white flowers that yield a perfume; source of very heavy hardwood used for railway ties
    - rose chestnut, ironwood tree, Mesua ferrea
     
  2. Exceptionally tough or hard wood of any of a number of ironwood trees
     
  3. A small slow-growing deciduous tree of northern Iran having a low domed shape
    - iron tree, iron-tree, ironwood tree
     
  4. Medium-sized hop hornbeam of eastern North America
    - Eastern hop hornbeam, ironwood tree, Ostrya virginiana

Derived forms: ironwoods

Type of: angiospermous tree, flowering tree, hop hornbeam, tree, wood

Part of: genus Mesua, genus Ostrya, genus Parrotia, Mesua, Ostrya, Parrotia

Encyclopedia: Ironwood, Michigan