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.