rosewood

[rohz-wood]
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:
1650–60; rose1 + wood1

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rosewood (ˈrəʊzˌwʊd)
 
n
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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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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