Definition of ribbonwood in US English:

ribbonwood

noun

  • 1US. A large evergreen shrub, Adenostoma sparsifolium (family Rosaceae), found chiefly in the chaparral of southern California, with needle-like leaves and grey shredding bark; also called redshank.

  • 2Chiefly NZ. Any of several New Zealand trees of the genera Plagianthus and Hoheria (family Malvaceae) having fibrous inner bark; especially P. regius (formerly P. betulinus) and Hoheria sexstylosa.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country. From ribbon + wood, so called on account of the appearance of the bark.

Pronunciation

ribbonwood

/ˈrɪb(ə)nwʊd/