[kan-dl-woo d]


any resinous wood used for torches or as a substitute for candles.
any of various trees or shrubs yielding such wood.

Origin of candlewood

1625–35, Americanism; candle + wood1; so called because it burns brightly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for candlewood

Historical Examples of candlewood

  • Ellen lit a torch of candlewood and opened the door: three men entered.

  • "It is unnecessary," Curumilla said, coming up, loaded with candlewood.

  • The two men entered the grotto: the hunter struck a match, and lit a torch of candlewood.

    The Trail-Hunter

    Gustave Aimard

  • "Pine-knots" and "candlewood" are household necessities in regions where these trees are the prevailing species of pine.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • Candlewood, as pine knots were called, was burned in the fireplace on long winter evenings.

    The Old Furniture Book

    N. Hudson Moore

British Dictionary definitions for candlewood



the resinous wood of any of several trees, used for torches and candle substitutes
any tree or shrub, such as ocotillo, that produces this wood
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