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[lans-woo d, lahns-]
  1. the tough, elastic wood of any of various trees, especially Oxandra lanceolata, of tropical America, used for carriage shafts, cabinetwork, etc.
  2. a tree that yields this wood.
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Origin of lancewood

First recorded in 1690–1700; lance1 + wood1
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Examples from the Web for lancewood

Historical Examples of lancewood

  • The best material for arrows is red deal footed with lancewood.

    Archery Rules

    Charles F. A. Hinrichs

  • The bow is from five to six feet long, made of lancewood or locust.

    Our Deportment

    John H. Young

  • The rod was a cheap specimen of ash and lancewood, and the dealer had been fair with him in the matter of line, leaders and flies.

  • Descended towards the plains over stony rises, with gum-tree, lancewood, and other scrub and spinifex.

  • Then he began to banter me about my ash and lancewood, and the excess of his catch over mine.

    Fishing With The Fly

    Charles F. Orvis and Others

British Dictionary definitions for lancewood


  1. any of various tropical trees, esp Oxandra lanceolata, yielding a tough elastic wood: family Annonaceae
  2. the wood of any of these trees
  3. Also called: horoeka a New Zealand forest tree, Pseudopanax crassifolius, with a small round head and a slender trunk
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