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[rohz-woo d] /ˈroʊzˌwʊd/
any of various reddish cabinet woods, sometimes with a roselike odor, yielded by certain tropical trees, especially belonging to the genus Dalbergia, of the legume family.
a tree yielding such wood.
Origin of rosewood
1650-60; rose1 + wood1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rosewood
  • Loggers also destroy silky habitat when they cut down, illegally, valuable rosewood trees.
  • rosewood offers golf instruction but no formal dining.
  • Antique rosewood furniture covered in elaborate needlework decorates each high-ceilinged room.
  • Marble and rosewood floors accentuate the size of the guest rooms and add to the sense of being surrounded by opulence.
  • The parlors showcase original mahogany and rosewood furniture, along with a rare upright pianoforte.
British Dictionary definitions for rosewood


the hard dark wood of any of various tropical and subtropical leguminous trees, esp of the genus Dalbergia. It has a roselike scent and is used in cabinetwork
any of the trees yielding this wood
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Word Origin and History for rosewood

1650s, from rose (n.1) + wood (n.). The name is due to the scent of some species when freshly cut.

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