- a dyewood yielding a red color, produced by a small, East Indian tree, Caesalpinia sappan, of the legume family.
- the tree itself.
Origin of sappanwood
sappan- < Malay səpang, sapang (spelling sepang) the name of the tree + wood1
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Examples from the Web for sapanwood
The only exports of Philippine produce at this date were cacao, sugar, wax, and sapanwood.The Philippine Islands
- a variant spelling of sappanwood
- a small leguminous tree, Caesalpinia sappan, of S Asia producing wood that yields a red dye
- the wood of this tree
C16: sapan, via Dutch from Malay sapang
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