Any of numerous trees, such as the hornbeam and the hop hornbeam, that have very hard wood. (noun)
The wood of any of these trees. (noun)
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Use "ironwood" in a sentence
"Back in Maine, the term ironwood clearly referred to the common hop hornbeam."
"Courtesy of the artist Dismantled temples dating from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) provided the tieli wood -- also called ironwood -- for "Map of China" (2004)."
"Unique to southwestern Morocco, the trees produce a hard wood, called ironwood, used for fuel."