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lemonwood

[lem-uh n-woo d] /ˈlɛm ənˌwʊd/
noun
1.
a tropical American tree, Calycophyllum candidissimum, of the madder family, having flowers with conspicuous white calyx lobes.
2.
the hard, tough wood of this tree, used for fishing rods and archery bows.
Also called degame.
Origin of lemonwood
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; lemon + wood1
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  • Ross picked up the bow which was made of lemonwood and gave it to Mr. Hatfield.

  • Furniture of ivory, of ebony and lemonwood, preciously inlaid, gave to the place an air of cunning confusion.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for lemonwood

lemonwood

/ˈlɛmənˌwʊd/
noun
1.
a small tree, Pittosporum eugenioides, of New Zealand having a white bark and lemon-scented flowers
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