Meaning of dogwood family

dog'wood fam"ily

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the plant family Cornaceae, characterized by trees and shrubs having simple opposite leaves, small flowers often surrounded by showy, petallike bracts, and berrylike fruit, including the bunchberry, cornelian cherry, and dogwood.
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