Meaning of cornus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɔːnəs/


  • A plant of a genus that comprises the dogwoods.

    Genus Cornus, family Cornaceae

    ‘This is cheap and easy to do with specimens such as berberis, buddleia, cornus, kerria, philadelphus, spirea and willow.’
    • ‘Now is the time to take hardwood cuttings from shrubs such as dogwood or cornus, says Gina Parkinson.’
    • ‘Deciduous shrubs can also be used, especially for inside decoration, where long, bare branches of cornus or willow look good put into a large, heavy container and draped with fairy lights.’
    • ‘Buds appeared in March and from then there was no stopping the growth of several soft, pale green stems climbing up the supporting branches of the cornus.’
    • ‘The branches from coloured stemmed cornus, which are cut hard back each March are very useful for this job.’


Modern Latin, from Latin, ‘dogwood’.