Hornbeam

European hornbeam flowering

Carpinus betulus

Hornbeam (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

c. 1570, from Old English horn + beam (tree)

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɔːnˌbiːm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɔɹnˌbim/

Noun

hornbeam (plural hornbeams)

  1. 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.
  2. A hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana).
  3. The wood of these trees.

Synonyms

  • hornbeech, ironwood, musclewood
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