Definition of Ironwood

1. Noun. Handsome East Indian evergreen tree often planted as an ornamental for its fragrant white flowers that yield a perfume; source of very heavy hardwood used for railroad ties.

Exact synonyms: Ironwood Tree, Mesua Ferrea, Rose Chestnut
Group relationships: Genus Mesua, Mesua
Generic synonyms: Tree



2. Noun. Exceptionally tough or hard wood of any of a number of ironwood trees.
Generic synonyms: Wood

3. Noun. A small slow-growing deciduous tree of northern Iran having a low domed shape.
Exact synonyms: Iron Tree, Iron-tree, Ironwood Tree
Group relationships: Genus Parrotia, Parrotia
Generic synonyms: Angiospermous Tree, Flowering Tree

4. Noun. Medium-sized hop hornbeam of eastern North America.
Exact synonyms: Eastern Hop Hornbeam, Ironwood Tree, Ostrya Virginiana
Group relationships: Genus Ostrya, Ostrya
Generic synonyms: Hop Hornbeam

Definition of Ironwood

1. n. A tree unusually hard, strong, or heavy wood.

Definition of Ironwood

1. Noun. Any of a number of tree species known for having a particularly solid wood. ¹

2. Noun. The wood of any ironwood tree. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ironwood

1. a hardwood tree [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ironwood

1. A tree unusually hard, strong, or heavy wood. In the United States, the hornbeam and the hop hornbeam are so called; also the Olneya Tesota, a small tree of Arizona; in the West Indies, the Erythroxylon areolatum, and several other unrelated trees; in China, the Metrosideros vera; in India, the Mesua ferrea, and two species of Inga; in Australia, the Eucalyptus Sideroxylon, and in many countries, species of Sideroxylon and Diospyros, and many other trees. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ironwood

irons in the fire
ironshod
ironshot
ironside
ironsmith
ironsmithing
ironsmiths
ironstone
ironstones
ironware
ironwares
ironweed
ironweeds
ironwoman
ironwomen
ironwood (current term)
ironwood tree
ironwoods
ironwork
ironworker
ironworkers
ironworking
ironworks
ironwort
irony
irony mark
irony marks
iroquois
irori
irous

Literary usage of Ironwood

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1. Contributions to the Pre-Cambrian Geology of Northern Michigan and Wisconsin by Rolland Craten Allen, L. P. Barrett, Ermine Cowles Case, W. I. Robinson (1915)
"This member of the ironwood formation is not exposed at the surface. The extensive explorations made by the Presque Isle Mining Co. has disclosed the ..."

2. A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People: Its Mining by Alvah Littlefield Sawyer (1911)
"Fraternally he belongs to ironwood Lodge, No. ... The town site of ironwood was a wilderness, giving, even to the optimist, little promise of its present ..."

3. The Indian Forester (1883)
"[We do not know of any wood in the English market known bj the name of ironwood imported from India, nor can we hear of any one who has ever seen any in the ..."

4. The Principal Species of Wood: Their Characteristic Properties by Charles Henry Snow (1908)
"Modulus of Rupture. 16300. Remarks. Prized by wheelwrights in Europe. Resemblance of bluish bark to light-gray bark of beech gave rise to name. ironwood ..."

5. Our Trees, how to Know Them by Clarence Moores Weed (1918)
"THE HOP HORNBEAM OR ironwood AONG all the leaves of the forest it would be difficult to find one of more exquisitely beautiful texture than that of the Hop ..."

6. Contributions to the Pre-Cambrian Geology of Northern Michigan and Wisconsin by Rolland Craten Allen, L. P. Barrett, Ermine Cowles Case, W. I. Robinson (1915)
"This member of the ironwood formation is not exposed at the surface. The extensive explorations made by the Presque Isle Mining Co. has disclosed the ..."

7. A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People: Its Mining by Alvah Littlefield Sawyer (1911)
"Fraternally he belongs to ironwood Lodge, No. ... The town site of ironwood was a wilderness, giving, even to the optimist, little promise of its present ..."

8. The Indian Forester (1883)
"[We do not know of any wood in the English market known bj the name of ironwood imported from India, nor can we hear of any one who has ever seen any in the ..."

9. The Principal Species of Wood: Their Characteristic Properties by Charles Henry Snow (1908)
"Modulus of Rupture. 16300. Remarks. Prized by wheelwrights in Europe. Resemblance of bluish bark to light-gray bark of beech gave rise to name. ironwood ..."

10. Our Trees, how to Know Them by Clarence Moores Weed (1918)
"THE HOP HORNBEAM OR ironwood AONG all the leaves of the forest it would be difficult to find one of more exquisitely beautiful texture than that of the Hop ..."

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