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yellowwood

[ yel-oh-wood ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌwʊd /
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noun
a tree, Cladrastis lutea, of the legume family, native to the southeastern U.S., having clusters of fragrant, white flowers and wood that yields a yellow dye.
any of several other trees having yellowish wood or yielding a yellow substance, as Podocarpus elongatus or P. henkelii, of Africa.
the wood of any of these trees.
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Origin of yellowwood

First recorded in 1660–70; yellow + wood1
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How to use yellowwood in a sentence

  • This is something of a problem, and sitting down with his back against a yellowwood-tree he proceeds to think it out.

    Forging the Blades|Bertram Mitford
  • Yellowwood (Schaefferia frutescens) is also known as boxwood.

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

    Prester John|John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for yellowwood

yellowwood
/ (ˈjɛləʊˌwʊd) /

noun
Also called (US): gopherwood any of several leguminous trees of the genus Cladrastis, esp C. lutea, of the southeastern US, having clusters of white flowers and yellow wood yielding a yellow dye
Also called: West Indian satinwood a rutaceous tree, Zanthoxylum flavum, of the Caribbean, with smooth hard wood
any of several other trees with yellow wood, esp Podocarpus falcatus, a conifer of southern Africa: family Podocarpaceae
the wood of any of these trees
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