sappanwood

or sa·pan·wood

[ suh-pan-woo d ]
/ səˈpænˌwʊd /

noun

a dyewood yielding a red color, produced by a small, East Indian tree, Caesalpinia sappan, of the legume family.
the tree itself.

Nearby words

  1. saporosity,
  2. saporous,
  3. sapota,
  4. sapotaceous,
  5. sapote,
  6. sapper,
  7. sapphic,
  8. sapphic ode,
  9. sapphira,
  10. sapphire

Origin of sappanwood

sappan- < Malay səpang, sapang (spelling sepang) the name of the tree + wood1

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British Dictionary definitions for sappanwood

sappanwood

sapanwood

/ (ˈsæpənˌwʊd) /

noun

a small leguminous tree, Caesalpinia sappan, of S Asia producing wood that yields a red dye
the wood of this tree

Word Origin for sappanwood

C16: sapan, via Dutch from Malay sapang

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