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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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  • After this she wanted a carpet, curtains and rosewood furniture.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • They lunched by the fireside on a little round table, inlaid with rosewood.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Their chief object of commerce is rosewood or "cam," which they send to the coast.

  • There are splendid mountains and great forests of mahogany, rosewood, and pine.

    Ahead of the Army W. O. Stoddard
  • A Japanese rosewood on one trip, a Greek olive tree on another.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The shelf in this sort of closet contained only a rosewood casket.

    Gerfaut, Complete Charles de Bernard
  • rosewood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, tortoise-shell, and ivory.

  • Lo, the pictures and statues, the Brussels and rosewood which his money has bought!

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
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.

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