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[lawg-woo d, log-]
  1. the heavy, brownish-red heartwood of a West Indian and Central American tree, Haematoxylon campechianum, of the legume family, used in dyeing.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of logwood

First recorded in 1575–85; log1 + wood1
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Examples from the Web for logwood

Historical Examples

  • Allow a pound of logwood to each pound of goods that are to be dyed.

    The American Housewife


  • Dip the goods in—when saturated with it, turn the whole into the logwood dye.

  • From logwood also may be obtained different shades of Violet.

  • The Bay of Campeachy supplied about 1,000 tons of logwood annually.

  • If we get a pink to deep red solution we have logwood black.

    The Manufacture of Paper

    Robert Walter Sindall

British Dictionary definitions for logwood


  1. a leguminous tree, Haematoxylon campechianum, of the Caribbean and Central America
  2. the heavy reddish-brown wood of this tree, yielding the dye haematoxylinSee also haematoxylon
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