Letterwood
Letterwood Let"ter*wood` (-w[oo^]d`), n. (Bot.) The beautiful and highly elastic wood of a tree of the genus {Brosimum} ({Brosimum Aubletii}), found in Guiana; -- so called from black spots in it which bear some resemblance to hieroglyphics; also called {snakewood}, and {leopardwood}. It is much used for bows and for walking sticks. [1913 Webster]

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  • letterwood — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: translation of French bois de lettres; from the fancied resemblance of its markings to letters of the alphabet 1. : the mottled wood of a So. American tree (Brosimum aubletii) used for veneer 2. : the tree that… …   Useful english dictionary

  • letterwood — /let euhr wood /, n. snakewood. [1690 1700, designating another tree; LETTER1 + WOOD1, so called from the wood s letterlike markings] * * * …   Universalium

  • Brosimum Aubletii — Letterwood Let ter*wood ( w[oo^]d ), n. (Bot.) The beautiful and highly elastic wood of a tree of the genus {Brosimum} ({Brosimum Aubletii}), found in Guiana; so called from black spots in it which bear some resemblance to hieroglyphics; also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leopardwood — Letterwood Let ter*wood ( w[oo^]d ), n. (Bot.) The beautiful and highly elastic wood of a tree of the genus {Brosimum} ({Brosimum Aubletii}), found in Guiana; so called from black spots in it which bear some resemblance to hieroglyphics; also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snakewood — Letterwood Let ter*wood ( w[oo^]d ), n. (Bot.) The beautiful and highly elastic wood of a tree of the genus {Brosimum} ({Brosimum Aubletii}), found in Guiana; so called from black spots in it which bear some resemblance to hieroglyphics; also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leopardwood — leop ard*wood , n. (Bot.) See {Letterwood}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ophioxylon serpentinum — Snakewood Snake wood , n. (Bot.) (a) An East Indian climbing plant ({Strychnos colubrina}) having a bitter taste, and supposed to be a remedy for the bite of the hooded serpent. (b) An East Indian climbing shrub ({Ophioxylon serpentinum}) which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plumieria rubra — Snakewood Snake wood , n. (Bot.) (a) An East Indian climbing plant ({Strychnos colubrina}) having a bitter taste, and supposed to be a remedy for the bite of the hooded serpent. (b) An East Indian climbing shrub ({Ophioxylon serpentinum}) which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snakewood — Snake wood , n. (Bot.) (a) An East Indian climbing plant ({Strychnos colubrina}) having a bitter taste, and supposed to be a remedy for the bite of the hooded serpent. (b) An East Indian climbing shrub ({Ophioxylon serpentinum}) which has the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Strychnos colubrina — Snakewood Snake wood , n. (Bot.) (a) An East Indian climbing plant ({Strychnos colubrina}) having a bitter taste, and supposed to be a remedy for the bite of the hooded serpent. (b) An East Indian climbing shrub ({Ophioxylon serpentinum}) which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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