Definition of Hornbeam

1. Noun. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Carpinus.

Group relationships: Carpinus, Genus Carpinus
Specialized synonyms: Carpinus Betulus, European Hornbeam, American Hornbeam, Carpinus Caroliniana
Generic synonyms: Tree



Definition of Hornbeam

1. n. A tree of the genus Carpinus (C. 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 C. Betulus. The American is called also blue beech and water beech.

Definition of Hornbeam

1. Noun. A tree of the genus ''Carpinus'', having a smooth gray bark and a ridged trunk, the wood being white and very hard, common along the banks of streams in the United States. ¹

2. Noun. A hop hornbeam. ¹

3. Noun. The wood of these trees. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hornbeam

1. a small tree [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hornbeam

1. A tree of the genus Carpinus (C. 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 C. Betulus. The American is Synonym: blue beech and water beech. Hop hornbeam. See Hop. See: Beam. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hornbeam

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hornbeam (current term)
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Literary usage of Hornbeam

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1860)
"In the United States the hornbeam is represented in a small tree from 10 to 12 ... The American hornbeam, where it has had ample space in which to grow, ..."

2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"In the United States the genus is represented by C. Americana, (Mx.), the American hornbeam, a small tree from 10 to 20 ft. high, growing along streams. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The beech might bo used instead of ¡hr hornbeam oa suitable soil. The green holly might bo planted The maze io the gardons at Hampton Court Palace (fig. ..."

4. On Landed Property, and the Economy of Estates: Comprehending the Relation by David Low (1844)
"The hornbeam in its general aspect resembles the beech ; but its leaves are liker those of the ... The hornbeam rarely attains the magnitude of the beech. ..."

5. The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and by Anton Kerner von Marilaun (1902)
"... fertilization In the hornbeam (Corpi'nuf B(tulun). The drawing shows a longitudinal section of an ovule almost filling the cavity of the ovary. ..."

6. Encyclopædia Britannica: Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and by Colin MacFarquhar, George Gleig (1797)
"If this be really the cafe, the hornbeam may upon many ... The betulus, or common hornbeam; a deciduous tree, native of Europe and America. ..."

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