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snakewood

[ sneyk-wood ]
/ 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.

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Also called letterwood.

Origin of snakewood

First recorded in 1590–1600; snake + wood1
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