rosewood

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A compound of rose +‎ wood, originally so named because of the rose-scented aromatic oil derived thence; applied in later senses on account of these woods’ predominantly reddish-brown colour.

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rosewood (countable and uncountable, plural rosewoods)

  1. The fragrant wood of Dalbergia nigra, a Brazilian tree in the legume family, which has a sweet smell.
  2. Any of several dozen woods, resembling that of Dalbergia nigra in some respect.
  3. The wood of a South American tree, Aniba rosaeodora, in the laurel family, with fragrant wood from which an essential oil is distilled.

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