[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.

Origin of rosewood

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

Examples from the Web for rosewood

Contemporary Examples of rosewood

  • One can hardly sit on the Rosewood rooftop bar without seeing $200 flip flops and overhearing name and place-dropping.

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    The Second Life of San Miguel de Allende

    Michele Willens

    February 26, 2014

  • One of them, a $27.5 million 20,000 square foot Georgian mansion with 80 acres, called Rosewood, even has its own lake.

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    The Clintons' Misguided House Hunt

    Lawrence Otis Graham

    July 11, 2010

Historical Examples of rosewood

  • After this she wanted a carpet, curtains and rosewood furniture.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • They lunched by the fireside on a little round table, inlaid with rosewood.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • Their chief object of commerce is rosewood or "cam," which they send to the coast.

  • There are splendid mountains and great forests of mahogany, rosewood, and pine.

    Ahead of the Army

    W. O. Stoddard

  • A Japanese rosewood on one trip, a Greek olive tree on another.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper