• Flowering Dogwood. Dogwood. Boxwood
    Flowering Dogwood. Dogwood. Boxwood
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dogwood a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers
    • n dogwood hard tough wood of any dogwood of the genus Cornus; resembles boxwood
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Blue Dogwood. Alternate-leaved Dogwood Blue Dogwood. Alternate-leaved Dogwood

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dogwood (Bot) The Cornus, a genus of large shrubs or small trees, the wood of which is exceedingly hard, and serviceable for many purposes.☞ There are several species, one of which, Cornus mascula, called also cornelian cherry, bears a red acid berry. Cornus florida is the flowering dogwood, a small American tree with very showy blossoms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dogwood A tree of the genus Cornus; the cornel; especially, in Europe, the wild or male cornel, C. sanguinea. Also called dogwood-tree. In the United States some of the species are familiar, as the flowering dogwood, C. florida, a highly ornamental tree, of moderate size, covered in May or early June with a profusion of large white or pale-pink flowers; the Californian dogwood, C. Nuttallii; the swamp-dogwood, C. sericea; and the dwarf dogwood, C. Canadensis. See Cornus.
    • n dogwood The wood of trees of the genus Cornus. Dogwood is so exceptionally free from silex that watchmakers use small splinters of it for cleaning out the pivot-holes of watches, and opticians for removing dust from small deep-seated lenses.
    • n dogwood Any cornel-like shrub so called, as in England the Euonymus Europœus. The black dogwood of Europe is Rhamnus Frangula and Prunus Padus, and of the West Indies, Piscidia Carthaginensis; false or striped dogwood, Acer Pennsylvanicum; Jamaica or white dogwood, Piscidia Erythrina; poison dogwood, Rhus venenata; pond-dogwood, Cephalanthus occidentalis; and the white dogwood of England, Viburnum Opulus. The Tasmanian dogwood, Bedfordia salicina, of the natural order Compositœ, has a beautifully marked wood, used in cabinet-work. The dogwood of Australia, Jacksonia scoparia, a leguminous shrub, has a disagreeable odor when burning.
    • n dogwood Pomaderris apetala, a small rhamnaceous tree of Tasmania, yielding a beautiful satiny wood suitable for carving and turning. See Pomaderris.
    • n dogwood The poison sumac, Rhus Vernix.
    • n dogwood The hop-tree, Ptelea trifoliata.
    • n dogwood Same as Jamaica *dogwood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dogwood a tree or shrub of the cornel genus, valuable on account of the hardness of the wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So named from skewers (dags) being made of it. Dr. Prior. See Dag, and Dagger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. doggë; not in A.S.; Dut. dog, a mastiff; Ger. dogge, docke.


In literature:

Dye for coloring the cloth was provided by collecting sweet gum, dogwood bark, and red clay.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Volunteer native growth of cheery, ash, dogwood and hawthorn prevails.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
I set the bucket down an' hit a Yankee on the leg with a dogwood stick.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
It was then that she had braided it, sitting on a fallen log under a blossoming dogwood.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
It is known also as `false dogwood,' and `snake-barked maple.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
What a glorious thing is the Maytime Dogwood in our woods!
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
As he talked, Morg plucked a dogwood blossom that peeped around the corner of his shack like a gossipy old woman.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
The trees were ancient dogwoods, with a single huge willow for extra shade.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
We used to git Blackhaw root and cherry bark and dogwood and chinquapin bark, what make good tonic.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
They know that dogwood'll make the liquor bitter, but they're too all-fired lazy to go after any other kind o' wood.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy

In poetry:

My lullaby, the bees astir
Wherever sweetness dwells;
The dogwood and laburnum were
My coral and my bells.
"A Birthday" by Alfred Austin
Who waits for me, where, note for note,
The birds make glad the forest trees?—
A dogwood blossom at her throat,
My May among th' anemones.
"Discovery" by Madison Julius Cawein
Witch-hazel, dogwood, and the maple here;
And there the oak and hickory;
Linn, poplar, and the beech-tree, far and near
As the eased eye can see.
"The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein
When the owlet hoots in the dogwood tree,
That leans to the rippling Run;
And the wind is a wildwood melody,
And summer is almost done—
It's oh, for the bridge and the bramble lane,
And the fragrant hush and her hands again!
"In The Lane" by Madison Julius Cawein
When I go home, the dogwood stars will dash
The solemn woods above the bearded ash,
The yellow-jasmine, whence its vine hath clomb,
Will blaze the valleys with its golden flash,
And every orchard flaunt its polychrome,
When I go home.
"When I Go Home" by John Charles McNeill
The scrub was thick on Urangeline
As he followed the tracks that twisted through
The box and dogwood and scented pine
(One of their horses had cast a shoe).
Steeped from his youth in forest lore,
He could track like a nigger, could Featherstonhaugh.
"Featherstonhaugh" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Salty Strike Makes the Grade in Dogwood .
A decade of research into potential solutions has yielded a bulletproof dogwood that not only repels diseases but produces larger, showier flowers.
Richmond Concert Band's 40th Dogwood Dell 4th of July.
"White flowering dogwoods will add year-round beauty to your home and neighborhood," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Farragut' to greet Dogwood visitors Heather Mays.
Farragut's Economic Development Committee got a rundown of Dogwood Arts Festival events from one of its members at its meeting Wednesday, Feb 2.
The patron brought up on Wine Spectator might critique The Dogwood 's dining room as "a mixed metaphor with scattered touches of elegance enhanced by a comfortable and classy finish".
The Dogwood 's few flaws stood out against an otherwise panoramic competence.
Whiteside print chosen by Knoxville Dogwood Festival.
2010 Dogwood Arts Festival House & Garden Show.
The Dogwood Park Concert Series concludes with gospel performances by Laura Webb, Savannah Faith, the Key Keepers, and a special appearance by JB and the HoneyBeans.
News Entertainment Keywords: dogwood , park, gospel, religion, music.
Dogwoods could live for more than 50 years.
Sorry we made you feel like dogwood .
Dogwood trees in bloom in Yakima.