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American hornbeam[ə‚mer·ə·kən ′hȯrn‚bēm]
Carpinus caroliniana. A tree sometimes attaining a height of 35 feet (10.7 meters) that is characterized by a smooth, steel-gray, fluted bark; it grows throughout the eastern half of the United States, especially in moist soil along banks of streams. Also known as water beech.
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