Definition of hornbeam in English:

hornbeam

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːnbiːm
 
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noun

  • A deciduous tree of north temperate regions, with oval serrated leaves, inconspicuous drooping flowers, and tough winged nuts. It yields hard pale timber.
    • Genus Carpinus, family Betulaceae: several species
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    • The forest has little undergrowth and is mainly composed of beech and pine, interspersed with a few oaks and hornbeams.
    • He gives four options for the future of the hornbeams: remove the trees and replace them with a more suitable species; phase out the trees by removing two now and the remaining two five years later; thin the trees out or do nothing.
    • But what is interesting for visitors is that the garden is still evolving: a gravel garden with silver plants is surrounded by a cloister of youthful hornbeams.

Origin

late Middle English: so named because of the tree's hard, close-grained wood.

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