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[sneyk-woo d]
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  1. the heavy, dark-red wood of a South American tree, Piratinera guianensis, used for decorative veneers, musical instrument bows, etc.
  2. the tree that is the source of this wood.

Origin of snakewood

First recorded in 1590–1600; snake + wood1
Also called letterwood.
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Historical Examples

  • Several species of Strychnos are considered infallible remedies for snake bites; hence are known as snakewood.

    Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture

    William Saunders

  • With the single exception of snakewood it is the heaviest wood for rod making and is only used for short bait-casting rods.