Flowering dogwood trees.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: shortened ; 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
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noun In both senses also called flowering dogwood.
- A tree (Cornus florida) of eastern North America, having small greenish flowers surrounded by four large, showy white or pink bracts that resemble petals.
- Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Cornus.