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[sat-n-woo d]
  1. the satiny wood of an East Indian tree, Chloroxylon swietenia, of the rue family, used especially for making furniture.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of satinwood

First recorded in 1785–95; satin + wood1
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Examples from the Web for satinwood

Historical Examples of satinwood

  • There the satinwood bookcase filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Oscar Wilde

  • Satinwood, with the one exception of holly, is one of the easiest of all woods to imitate.

    Graining and Marbling

    Frederick Maire

  • Another room displayed a margin of satinwood around the carpet.

    Hans Brinker

    Mary Mapes Dodge

  • The satinwood overmantel was crowded with them in heavy frames of chased silver.

  • In her hand she carried a small fan, a fragile toy of lace and satinwood.

British Dictionary definitions for satinwood


  1. a rutaceous tree, Chloroxylon swietenia, that occurs in the East Indies and has hard wood with a satiny texture
  2. the wood of this tree, used in veneering, cabinetwork, marquetry, etc
  3. West Indian Satinwood another name for yellowwood (def. 2)
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