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From blood +‎ wood.



bloodwood (countable and uncountable, plural bloodwoods)

  1. Any of various trees having red wood:
    1. (Australia) Certain eucalypts
      • 1904, Scottish Geographical Magazine, volume 20, page 578:
        Besides these two trees, which are the most general form of vegetation met with, may be found the briglow, bugwood, lapunya, lancewood, cork, box, and bloodwood, the last so named from its light red sap, which oozes in a thick stream
      • 1988, Tom Cole, Hell West and Crooked, Angus & Robertson 1995, p. 255:
        I cut bloodwood saplings and shaped a new pair of shafts with an adze.
      1. woody-fruited bloodwood, genus Corymbia (formerly Eucalyptus subg. Corymbia)
      2. paper-fruited bloodwood, Corymbia subg. Blakella (formerly Eucalyptus subg. Blakella)
    2. (Jamaica) A loblolly bay (tree) (Gordonia haematoxylon).
    3. Brosimum paraense, a tree found in Central and South America.
    4. Any of several trees from the genus Pterocarpus, of the African and Asian tropics.
    5. Haematoxylum campechianum, a tree from Mexico.
  2. (uncountable) The wood of such trees.