Definition of dogwood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dogwood

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdɒɡwʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːɡwʊd//
 
[uncountable, countable]
 
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a bush or small tree with red or pink berries and red stems, that grows in northern regions; the hard wood of this tree Word Originso named because the wood was formerly used to make “dogs” (i.e. skewers).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dogwood