[hahrd-woo d] /ˈhɑrdˌwʊd/

the , compact or timber of various trees, as the oak, cherry, maple, or mahogany.
a tree yielding such .
made or constructed of hardwood:
a hardwood floor.
the wood of any of numerous broad-leaved dicotyledonous trees, such as oak, beech, ash, etc, as distinguished from the wood of a conifer
any tree from which this wood is obtained

1560s, from hard + wood. From deciduous trees, distinguished from that of pines and firs.


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