[rohz-woo d]


any of various reddish cabinet woods, sometimes with a roselike odor, yielded by certain tropical trees, especially belonging to the genus Dalbergia, of the legume family.
a tree yielding such wood.

Nearby words

  1. rosetta stone,
  2. rosette,
  3. roseville,
  4. rosewall,
  5. rosewater,
  6. rosewood oil,
  7. rosh chodesh,
  8. rosh hashanah,
  9. rosh hodesh,
  10. roshi

Origin of rosewood

First recorded in 1650–60; rose1 + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rosewood



the hard dark wood of any of various tropical and subtropical leguminous trees, esp of the genus Dalbergia . It has a roselike scent and is used in cabinetwork
any of the trees yielding this wood
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Word Origin and History for rosewood



1650s, from rose (n.1) + wood (n.). The name is due to the scent of some species when freshly cut.

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