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snakewood

[sneyk-woo d] /ˈsneɪkˌwʊd/
noun
1.
the heavy, dark-red wood of a South American tree, Piratinera guianensis, used for decorative veneers, musical instrument bows, etc.
2.
the tree that is the source of this wood.
Also called letterwood.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; snake + wood1
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