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[lans-woo d, lahns-] /ˈlænsˌwʊd, ˈlɑns-/
the tough, elastic wood of any of various trees, especially Oxandra lanceolata, of tropical America, used for carriage shafts, cabinetwork, etc.
a tree that yields this wood.
Origin of lancewood
1690-1700; lance1 + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is in two pieces, seven and one-half feet long, and weighs eight ounces in ash and lancewood, or seven ounces in split bamboo.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • The best material for arrows is red deal footed with lancewood.

    Archery Rules Charles F. A. Hinrichs
  • Descended towards the plains over stony rises, with gum-tree, lancewood, and other scrub and spinifex.

  • The bow is from five to six feet long, made of lancewood or locust.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • The rod was a cheap specimen of ash and lancewood, and the dealer had been fair with him in the matter of line, leaders and flies.

  • Then he began to banter me about my ash and lancewood, and the excess of his catch over mine.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • In ash and lancewood, or bethabara, from seven to eight ounces is the correct weight.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • Some people prefer Greenheart or Wasahba for tips, but lancewood or red cedar is the best, I think.

    Black Bass Charles Barker Bradford
British Dictionary definitions for lancewood


any of various tropical trees, esp Oxandra lanceolata, yielding a tough elastic wood: family Annonaceae
the wood of any of these trees
Also called horoeka. a New Zealand forest tree, Pseudopanax crassifolius, with a small round head and a slender trunk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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