Beef wood

beefwood

[beef-wood]
noun
1.
any of several chiefly Australian trees of the genus Casuarina, having feathery branches that lack true foliage leaves.
2.
the hard, reddish wood of any of these trees, used for making furniture.
Also called belah.


Origin:
1750–60; beef + wood1

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beefwood (ˈbiːfˌwʊd)
 
n
1.  See casuarina any of various trees that produce very hard wood, esp the Australian tree Casuarina equisetifolia, widely planted in warm regions
2.  the wood of any of these trees
 
[from the red colour and grain]

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