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sasswood

[ sas-wood ]
/ ˈsæsˌwʊd /
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noun

a tropical African tree, Erythrophleum suavolens, of the legume family, having a poisonous bark and hard, durable wood.

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Also called sassy bark, sas·sy·wood [sas-ee-wood]. /ˈsæs iˌwʊd/.

Origin of sasswood

First recorded in 1895–1900; sass(y)2 + wood1
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