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[green-hahrt] /ˈgrinˌhɑrt/
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.
any of certain other timber trees of tropical America.
their valuable greenish wood.
Origin of greenheart
1750-60; green + heart Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We prefer rods in three pieces—no hollow-butts—and made of greenheart throughout.

    Scotch Loch-Fishing AKA Black Palmer, William Senior
  • The material used is dagame, or greenheart, the butt being 5/8 in.

  • She is of about 350 tons, and built of selected pine, oak, and greenheart.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Dagame, or greenheart, is used with german-silver mountings.

  • They had her built composite—iron, teak-wood, and greenheart, and her scantling was something fabulous.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The hull was made of stout oak planks, sheathed with greenheart and lined with fir.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The ice-skin is of greenheart, and covers the whole ship's side from the keel to 18 inches from the sheer strake.

  • greenheart is the wood used for gates exposed to salt water, as it resists the attack of the teredo in temperate climates.

  • Dagame or greenheart is used for the butt, joint, and tips, and german silver for the fittings.

  • I saw a friend last autumn produce a 15-foot greenheart rod on Tweedside.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
British Dictionary definitions for greenheart


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
any of various similar trees
the wood of any of these trees
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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