Definition of ironwood in US English:

ironwood

noun

  • Any of a number of trees that produce very hard timber.

    a southern African tree of the olive family (Olea laurifolia, family Oleaceae)

    another term for the "American hornbeam" and the "eastern hornbeam" (see hornbeam)

    • ‘Foothill palo verde and ironwood - two small trees in the legume family - almost always dominate the dry streambeds.’
    • ‘Sugar maples commonly share the forest with ironwood, beech, basswood, white ash, black cherry, yellow birch, white pine, and red oak.’
    • ‘The three dominant tree species of the forest canopy are sugar maple, ironwood, and white ash.’
    • ‘The ironwood's branches are thick with growth.’
    • ‘Later we tour his plantation, through virgin forest of soaring ironwood and banyan trees and rustly arcades of cardamom leaves, with clusters of young green pods at the base.’

Pronunciation

ironwood

/ˈīərnˌwo͝od/