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greenheart

[green-hahrt] /ˈgrinˌhɑrt/
noun
1.
a South American tree, Ocotea (or Nectandra) rodiei, of the laurel family, yielding a hard, durable wood often used for wharves and bridges and in shipbuilding.
2.
any of certain other timber trees of tropical America.
3.
their valuable greenish wood.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; green + heart
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  • Work includes complete removal of broken piles to be replaced with greenheart timber piles.
  • Sheathed in greenheart, she was built for maximum strength.
British Dictionary definitions for greenheart

greenheart

/ˈɡriːnˌhɑːt/
noun
1.
Also called bebeeru. a tropical American lauraceous tree, Ocotea (or Nectandra) rodiaei, that has dark green durable wood and bark that yields the alkaloid bebeerine
2.
any of various similar trees
3.
the wood of any of these trees
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Encyclopedia Article for greenheart

valuable South American timber tree of the laurel family (Lauraceae). A large tree, it grows to a height of 40 m (130 feet) and is native to the Guianas. The bark and fruits contain bebeerine, an alkaloid formerly used to reduce fever.

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