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 for Diospyros
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ironwood \I"ron*wood`\, n. (Bot.)
     A tree unusually hard, strong, or heavy wood.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: In the United States, the hornbeam and the hop hornbeam
           are so called; also the Olneya Tesota, a small tree
           of Arizona; in the West Indies, the Erythroxylon
           areolatum, and several other unrelated trees; in
           China, the Metrosideros vera; in India, the Mesua
           ferrea, and two species of Inga; in Australia, the
           Eucalyptus Sideroxylon, and in many countries,
           species of Sideroxylon and Diospyros, and many
           other trees.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a genus of trees or shrubs that have beautiful and valuable
           wood [syn: Diospyros, genus Diospyros]

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