[ stingk-woo d ]
/ ˈstɪŋkˌwʊd /


any of several trees yielding fetid wood.
the wood of any of these trees.

Nearby words

  1. stinkingly,
  2. stinko,
  3. stinkpot,
  4. stinkstone,
  5. stinkweed,
  6. stinky,
  7. stinky pinky,
  8. stinnes,
  9. stinnes, hugo,
  10. stint

Origin of stinkwood

First recorded in 1725–35; stink + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stinkwood

  • There were tall timber-trees—yellowwood, sneezewood, essenwood, stinkwood—and the ground was carpeted with thick grass and ferns.

    Prester John|John Buchan
  • There was the Buckenhout table, and there were the stools and couches made of stinkwood.

    Jess|H. Rider Haggard
  • We took a path up the Berg among groves of stinkwood and essenwood, where a failing stream made an easy route.

    Prester John|John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for stinkwood


/ (ˈstɪŋkˌwʊd) /


any of various trees having offensive-smelling wood, esp Ocotea bullata, a southern African lauraceous tree yielding a hard wood used for furniture
the heavy durable wood of any of these trees
Also called (NZ): hupiro a New Zealand shrub or small tree, Coprosma foetidissima, whose leaves give off an unpleasant smell when they are crushed
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