ironbark

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EtymologyEdit

From iron +‎ bark.

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NounEdit

ironbark (plural ironbarks)

  1. (chiefly Australia) Any of several unrelated eucalypts that have dark, deeply furrowed bark. [from 18th c.]
  2. (chiefly Australia) The hard wood of these trees, as used in building and construction. [from 19th c.]
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 319:
      When he had trimmed a bit of ironbark to size, or knocked the worst splinters off a split fence post, he would swing it around his head a few times before crashing it down on the rails.
Last modified on 6 January 2014, at 09:46