snakewood

[ sneyk-wood ]
/ ˈsneɪkˌwʊd /

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.
Also called letterwood.

Origin of snakewood

First recorded in 1590–1600; snake + wood1
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