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[rohz-woo d] /ˈroʊzˌwʊd/
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.
a tree yielding such wood.
Origin of rosewood
First recorded in 1650-60; rose1 + wood1 Unabridged
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  • Their chief object of commerce is rosewood or "cam," which they send to the coast.

  • A Japanese rosewood on one trip, a Greek olive tree on another.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The legislative foyer, a continuation of Memorial Hall into the three-story wing, is paneled in rosewood and curly maple.

    North Dakota Various
  • rosewood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, tortoise-shell, and ivory.

  • This latter was a resplendent creature, having been the butt end of a rosewood billiard cue, and was as heavy as a Sioux war club.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • This applies to walnut and rosewood in distemper as well as to mahogany.

    Practical Graining William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • He crossed as he spoke to a rosewood cabinet placed against the opposite wall.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Did you see one of them leave a rosewood box at the clerks desk?

    The Motor Maids' School Days Katherine Stokes
British Dictionary definitions for rosewood


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
any of the trees yielding this wood
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Word Origin and History for rosewood

1650s, from rose (n.1) + wood (n.). The name is due to the scent of some species when freshly cut.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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