snakewood

[ sneyk-woo d ]
/ ˈsneɪkˌwʊd /
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noun

the heavy, dark-red wood of a South American tree, Piratinera guianensis, used for decorative veneers, musical instrument bows, etc.
the tree that is the source of this wood.

Nearby words

  1. snakeroot,
  2. snakes and ladders,
  3. snakeskin,
  4. snakestone,
  5. snakeweed,
  6. snaky,
  7. snap,
  8. snap at,
  9. snap back,
  10. snap bean

Origin of snakewood

First recorded in 1590–1600; snake + wood1

Also called letterwood.

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