the rotted condition of the wood of certain trees, especially oaks, caused by a parasitic fungus, Xylobolus frustulatus.
Origin of partridge wood
First recorded in 1820–30
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the dark striped wood of the tropical American leguminous tree, Andira inermis, used for cabinetwork
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