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  1. any thorny leguminous tree of the genus Haematoxylon, esp the logwood, of tropical America and SW Africa. The heartwood yields the dye haematoxylin
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Derived Formshaematoxylic (ˌhiːmətɒkˈsɪlɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: see haematoxylin
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Examples from the Web for haematoxylon

Historical Examples

  • Logwood is the heart-wood of Haematoxylon campechianum, a tree growing in Central America.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8


  • Logwood is the coloured heartwood of Haematoxylon campechianum; red sandalwood of Pterocarpus santalinus.

  • Logwood (Haematoxylon campechianum) is closely connected with the story of adventure and colonisation in the West Indies.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Ubar is a red-wood resembling the logwood (haematoxylon) of Honduras, and might probably be employed for the same purpose.

    The History of Sumatra

    William Marsden