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rosewood

[rohz-woo d] /ˈroʊzˌwʊd/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a tree yielding such wood.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; rose1 + wood1
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British Dictionary definitions for rosewood

rosewood

/ˈrəʊzˌwʊd/
noun
1.
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
2.
any of the trees yielding this wood
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Word Origin and History for rosewood
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for rosewood

any of several ornamental timbers, products of various tropical trees native to Brazil, Honduras, Jamaica, Africa, and India. The most important commercially are the Honduras rosewood, Dalbergia stevensoni, and the Brazilian rosewood, principally D. nigra, a leguminous tree up to 125 feet (38 metres) called cabiuna, and jacaranda in Brazil. Jacaranda (q.v.) also refers to several species of Machaerium, also of the Fabaceae (or Leguminosae) family, and a source of commercial rosewood.

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