snake wood

snakewood

[sneyk-wood]
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; snake + wood1

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snake wood

noun
tropical American tree with large peltate leaves and hollow stems [syn: trumpetwood
snakewood

noun
East Indian climbing shrub with twisted limbs and roots resembling serpents 
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