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ˈdɔgˌwʊd, ˈdɒg-dog·wood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dogwood, dogwood tree, cornelnoun

    a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers

  2. dogwoodnoun

    hard tough wood of any dogwood of the genus Cornus; resembles boxwood


  1. dogwoodnoun

    Any of various small trees of the genus Cornus, especially the wild cornel and the flowering cornel

  2. dogwoodnoun

    The wood of such trees and shrubs.

  3. dogwoodnoun

    A wood or tree similar to this genus, used in different parts of the world.

  4. Etymology: From dag, a sharp object, + wood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dogwood

    of which it is a species.


  1. dogwood

    Cornus is a genus of about 30–60 species of woody plants in the family Cornaceae, commonly known as dogwoods, which can generally be distinguished by their blossoms, berries, and distinctive bark. Most are deciduous trees or shrubs, but a few species are nearly herbaceous perennial subshrubs, and some species are evergreen. Several species have small heads of inconspicuous flowers surrounded by an involucre of large, typically white petal-like bracts, while others have more open clusters of petal-bearing flowers. The various species of dogwood are native throughout much of temperate and boreal Eurasia and North America, with China, Japan, and the southeastern United States being particularly rich in native species. Species include the common dogwood Cornus sanguinea of Eurasia, the widely cultivated flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) of eastern North America, the Pacific dogwood Cornus nuttallii of western North America, the Kousa dogwood Cornus kousa of eastern Asia, and two low-growing boreal species, the Canadian and Eurasian dwarf cornels (or bunchberries), Cornus canadensis and Cornus suecica respectively. Depending on botanical interpretation, the dogwoods are variously divided into one to nine genera or subgenera; a broadly inclusive genus Cornus is accepted here.


  1. dogwood

    Dogwood is a term referring to trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Cornus, often grown for their ornamental value due to their showy flowers and interesting bark. The dogwood family includes a variety of species, some of which produce small fruit. The name dogwood also refers to the hard, dense wood these plants produce. They are native to North America, Europe, and Asia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dogwoodnoun

    the Cornus, a genus of large shrubs or small trees, the wood of which is exceedingly hard, and serviceable for many purposes

  2. Etymology: [So named from skewers (dags) being made of it. Dr. Prior. See Dag, and Dagger.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dogwood in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dogwood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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