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Definition of "hornbeam" [horn•beam]

  • Any of various trees of the genus Carpinus, having smooth grayish bark and hard whitish wood. (noun)
  • The wood of one of these trees. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hornbeam" in a sentence
  • "The repetition of boxwood, yew and hornbeam—stalwarts of the French garden—creates an overall harmony, a symphony in green."
  • "As my patient husband remarked recently, "I understand now: box, yew, hornbeam and more box, yew and hornbeam.""
  • "Charlotte Moss This window in a hornbeam hedge at d'Orsan provides a view of the enfilade of outdoor rooms."