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Dictionary Definition



1 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 [syn: rose chestnut, ironwood tree, Mesua ferrea]
2 exceptionally tough or hard wood of any of a number of ironwood trees
3 a small slow-growing deciduous tree of northern Iran having a low domed shape [syn: iron tree, iron-tree, ironwood tree]
4 medium-sized hop hornbeam of eastern North America [syn: Eastern hop hornbeam, ironwood tree, Ostrya virginiana]

User Contributed Dictionary



From iron (for its toughness) + wood


  1. Any of a number of tree species known for having a particularly solid wood.
  2. The wood of any ironwood tree.


Extensive Definition

Ironwood may refer to:


Any particular wood that has a reputation for hardness. Usage of the name may (or may not) include the tree that yields this wood. Species involved include:


In the United States:
Fictional places:


  • Ironwood (comics), erotic comics by Bill Willingham published in the United States by Eros Comicx

See also

ironwood in German: Eisenholz
ironwood in French: Bois de fer
ironwood in Japanese: 鉄木
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