[ lem-uh n-woo d ]
/ ˈlɛm ənˌwʊd /


a tropical American tree, Calycophyllum candidissimum, of the madder family, having flowers with conspicuous white calyx lobes.
the hard, tough wood of this tree, used for fishing rods and archery bows.

Origin of lemonwood

First recorded in 1875–80; lemon + wood1
Also called degame.
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Examples from the Web for lemonwood

  • Furniture of ivory, of ebony and lemonwood, preciously inlaid, gave to the place an air of cunning confusion.

  • Ross picked up the bow which was made of lemonwood and gave it to Mr. Hatfield.

British Dictionary definitions for lemonwood


/ (ˈlɛmənˌwʊd) /


a small tree, Pittosporum eugenioides, of New Zealand having a white bark and lemon-scented flowers
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