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c. 1570, from Old English horn + beam (“tree”)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɔːnˌbiːm/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɔɹnˌbim/
hornbeam (plural hornbeams)
- A tree of the genus Carpinus, having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the United States.
- A hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana).
- The wood of these trees.
- hornbeech, ironwood, musclewood