/hahrd"wood'/, n.
1. the hard, compact wood or timber of various trees, as the oak, cherry, maple, or mahogany.
2. a tree yielding such wood.
3. made or constructed of hardwood: a hardwood floor.
[1560-70; HARD + WOOD1]

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Timber obtained from broad-leaved, flower-bearing trees.

Hardwood trees are deciduous trees, except in the warmest regions. The term, a classification of material, applied originally to such hard European woods as beech and oak but also includes some of the softest of woods. Included in the category are ebony, various mahoganies (see mahogany family), maple, teak, and American black walnut.

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