[ rohz-wood ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a tree yielding such wood.

Origin of rosewood

First recorded in 1650–60; rose1 + wood1

Words Nearby rosewood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for rosewood


/ (ˈrəʊzˌwʊd) /

  1. 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

  2. any of the trees yielding this wood

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