Hornbeam
Hornbeam Horn"beam`, n. [See {Beam}.] (Bot.) A tree of the genus {Carpinus} ({Carpinus Americana}), having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard. It is common along the banks of streams in the United States, and is also called {ironwood}. The English hornbeam is {Carpinus Betulus}. The American is called also {blue beech} and {water beech}. [1913 Webster]

{Hop hornbeam}. (Bot.) See under {Hop}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hornbeam — 1570s, from HORN (Cf. horn) (n.) + BEAM (Cf. beam) (n.), preserving the original sense of the word; so called in reference to its hard wood …   Etymology dictionary

  • hornbeam — ► NOUN ▪ a deciduous tree with hard pale wood. ORIGIN so named because of the tree s hard wood …   English terms dictionary

  • hornbeam — [hôrn′bēm΄] n. [ HORN + BEAM] 1. any of a genus (Carpinus) of small, hardy trees of the birch family, with smooth, gray bark and drooping catkins with flat, papery bracts around a greenish nut 2. the very hard, white wood of this tree, which… …   English World dictionary

  • Hornbeam — Taxobox name = Hornbeam image width = 200px image caption = European Hornbeam foliage regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Fagales familia = Betulaceae genus = Carpinus genus authority = L. subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • hornbeam — /hawrn beem /, n. any North American shrub or tree belonging to the genus Carpinus, of the birch family, yielding a hard, heavy wood, as C. caroliniana (American hornbeam). [1570 80; HORN + BEAM] * * * ▪ plant       any of about 25 species of… …   Universalium

  • hornbeam — skroblas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Lazdyninių (Corylaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Carpinus). atitikmenys: lot. Carpinus angl. hornbeam; ironwood vok. Hainbuche; Hornbaum; Weißbuche rus. граб lenk. grab …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • hornbeam — noun Date: 14th century any of a genus (Carpinus) of trees of the birch family having smooth gray bark and hard white wood …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hornbeam — noun a) A tree of the genus Carpinus), having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard. It is common along the banks of streams in the United States, and is also called ironwood. b) The wood of this tree …   Wiktionary

  • hornbeam — n. tree with a smooth bark that is common in the USA; the wood of such tree …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hornbeam — noun a deciduous tree with oval serrated leaves, tough winged nuts, and hard pale wood. [Genus Carpinus; several species.] Origin ME: so named because of the tree s hard wood …   English new terms dictionary

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