greenheart

[green-hahrt]
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:
1750–60; green + heart

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greenheart (ˈɡriːnˌhɑːt)
 
n
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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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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Work includes complete removal of broken piles to be replaced with greenheart timber piles.
Sheathed in greenheart, she was built for maximum strength.
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