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stinkwood

[stingk-woo d]
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noun
  1. any of several trees yielding fetid wood.
  2. the wood of any of these trees.

Origin of stinkwood

First recorded in 1725–35; stink + wood1
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Examples from the Web for stinkwood

Historical Examples

  • There was the Buckenhout table, and there were the stools and couches made of stinkwood.

    Jess

    H. Rider Haggard

  • We took a path up the Berg among groves of stinkwood and essenwood, where a failing stream made an easy route.

    Prester John

    John Buchan

  • There were tall timber-trees—yellowwood, sneezewood, essenwood, stinkwood—and the ground was carpeted with thick grass and ferns.

    Prester John

    John Buchan


British Dictionary definitions for stinkwood

stinkwood

noun
  1. any of various trees having offensive-smelling wood, esp Ocotea bullata, a southern African lauraceous tree yielding a hard wood used for furniture
  2. the heavy durable wood of any of these trees
  3. Also called (NZ): hupiro a New Zealand shrub or small tree, Coprosma foetidissima, whose leaves give off an unpleasant smell when they are crushed
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