or sa·pan·wood

[ suh-pan-woo d ]
/ səˈpænˌwʊd /


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

Origin of sappanwood

sappan- < Malay səpang, sapang (spelling sepang) the name of the tree + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sappanwood



/ (ˈsæpənˌwʊd) /


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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