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[bluhd-woo d]
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  1. any of several Australian trees of the genus Eucalyptus, as E. gummifera or E. ptychocarpa, having rough, scaly bark.
  2. an African tree, Pterocarpus angolensis, having reddish wood.
  3. the wood of any of these trees.

Origin of bloodwood

1715–25; blood + wood1; so called from the color of the sap or wood
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Examples from the Web for bloodwood

Historical Examples

  • The range was of red soil, timbered with bloodwood, and stringy-bark.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine

    Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine

  • Ironbark, box, bloodwood, and Moreton-Bay ash formed the principal trees with which the country was openly timbered.

  • Occasional clumps of mulga break the even line of the horizon, and, in the valleys, thickets or belts of bloodwood are seen.

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie

  • First we hunted the neighbouring hills without success, and then crossed on to the bloodwood flat which had appeared like a creek.

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie

  • It is undulating poor land of a sandstone formation, grassed with triodia and wooded with ironbark and bloodwood.

British Dictionary definitions for bloodwood


  1. any of several species of Australian eucalyptus that exude a red sap
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