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rosewood

[rohz-woo d] /ˈroʊzˌwʊd/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a tree yielding such wood.
Origin of rosewood
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; rose1 + wood1
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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

rosewood

/ˈrəʊzˌwʊd/
noun
1.
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
2.
any of the trees yielding this wood
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Word Origin and History for rosewood
n.

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

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