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  1. a W African leguminous tree, Baphia nitida, whose hard wood was formerly used in making a red dye
  2. the wood of this tree
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from Temne
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Examples from the Web for camwood

Historical Examples

  • With some dyes a separate bath is needed, such as with Camwood or Catechu.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet

  • This they smeared with a paint made by the admixture of camwood and copal gum.


    Edgar Wallace

  • His face was streaked red with camwood, and around his eyes he had painted two white circles.

  • Boil half a pound of camwood (in a bag) in two gallons of water, for fifteen minutes.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • Much of this is due to the Camwood powder, and with this mixed with oil they perform their toilet.