[ stingk-woo d ]
/ ˈstɪŋkˌwʊd /


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

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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