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(Science: botany) The cornus, a genus of large shrubs or small trees, the wood of which is exceedingly hard, and serviceable for many purposes.

there are several species, one of which, cornus mascula, called also cornelian cherry, bears a red acid berry. C. Florida is the flowering dogwood, a small American tree with very showy blossoms. Dogwood tree. The dogwood or cornus. A papilionaceous tree (Piscidia erythring) growing in jamaica. It has narcotic properties; called also jamaica dogwood.

Origin: So named from skewers (dags) being made of it. Dr. Prior. See dag, and dagger.