I) wood of an angiosperm tree as distinguished from that of a conifer; broad leaf tree. 2) referring to an angiosperm. or broad leaf tree.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
hardwood (noun)
the wood of an angiospermous tree as distinguished from that of a coniferous tree
a tree that yields hardwood
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hardwood (adjective)
having or made of hardwood - hardwood floors
consisting of mature woody tissue - hardwood cuttings
hardwood (Wikipedia)

Beech is a popular hardwood

Hardwood is wood from dicot trees. These are usually found in broad-leaved temperate and tropical forests. In temperate and boreal latitudes they are mostly deciduous, but in tropics and subtropics mostly evergreen. Hardwood contrasts with softwood (which is from gymnosperm trees).

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