a South American tree, Ocotea (or Nectandra) rodiei, of the laurel family, yielding a hard, durable wood often used for wharves and bridges and in shipbuilding.
any of certain other timber trees of tropical America.
their valuable greenish wood.

Origin of greenheart

First recorded in 1750–60; green + heart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greenheart

Historical Examples of greenheart

  • The material used is dagame, or greenheart, the butt being 5/8 in.

  • Dagame, or greenheart, is used with german-silver mountings.

  • She is of about 350 tons, and built of selected pine, oak, and greenheart.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton

  • They had her built composite—iron, teak-wood, and greenheart, and her scantling was something fabulous.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • The hull was made of stout oak planks, sheathed with greenheart and lined with fir.

British Dictionary definitions for greenheart



Also called: bebeeru a tropical American lauraceous tree, Ocotea (or Nectandra) rodiaei, that has dark green durable wood and bark that yields the alkaloid bebeerine
any of various similar trees
the wood of any of these trees
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