rosewood

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A compound of rose +‎ wood, originally so named because of the rose-scented aromatic oil derived from it; 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.
  4. Wood and plant of Pterocarpus spp., for example African rosewood or mukula or Burmese rosewood (Pterocarpus indicus, syn. Pterocarpus santalinus).

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