[hwahyt-woo d, wahyt-]
  1. any of numerous trees, as the tulip tree or the linden, yielding a white or light-colored wood.
  2. the wood of these trees.
  3. a cottonwood of the genus Populus.

Origin of whitewood

First recorded in 1655–65; white + wood1
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  1. any of various trees with light-coloured wood, such as the tulip tree, basswood, and cottonwood
  2. the wood of any of these trees
  3. Also: whiteywood another name for mahoe
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