American hornbeam



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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)
noun
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
n.

1570s, from horn (n.) + beam (n.), preserving the original sense of the latter word; so called in reference to its hard wood.

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