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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)
any tree of the betulaceous genus Carpinus, such as C. betulus of Europe and Asia, having smooth grey bark and hard white wood
the wood of any of these trees
1570s, from horn (n.) + beam (n.), preserving the original sense of the latter word; so called in reference to its hard wood.
- American indian
(def 1). (def 2). Abbreviation: AmerInd. Contemporary Examples Brando’s later, somewhat disoriented, support for the militant American Indian Movement was the last straw for his critics. Where’s Health Care’s Star Power? Lee Siegel October 1, 2009 I mean it’s profiling, but then I’ve got kicked out of three bars for being an American Indian. Jim […]
- American indian movement
noun a militant movement or grouping of American Indians, organized in 1968 to combat discrimination, injustice, etc Contemporary Examples Brando’s later, somewhat disoriented, support for the militant american indian movement was the last straw for his critics. Where’s Health Care’s Star Power? Lee Siegel October 1, 2009
- American ipecac
a plant, Gillenia stipulata, of the rose family, of the eastern coast of the U.S., having white flowers on long stalks.
- American ivy