designating a family (Cornaceae, order Cornales) of dicotyledonous small trees and shrubs
Origin of dogwoodshortened from dogberry wood, dogberry tree
- any of a genus (Cornus) of trees and shrubs of the dogwood family, esp. the flowering dogwood
- its hard, closegrained wood
- Any of various trees or shrubs of the genus Cornus, having flowers in clusters and hard dense wood, and often cultivated as ornamentals.
- A dogwood (Cornus florida) of eastern North America, having small greenish flowers surrounded by four large, showy white or pink bracts that resemble petals. Also called flowering dogwood .
Origin of dogwoodFrom dog ( used in composition to mean “inferior” or “strong-smelling” ) perhaps in reference to the unpleasant odor of the flowers of the common European dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)
- Any of various small trees of the genus Cornus, especially the wild cornel and the flowering cornel
- The wood of such trees and shrubs.
- A wood or tree similar to this genus, used in different parts of the world.