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 called {snakewood}, and {leopardwood}. It is much used for bows and for walking sticks. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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

  • Snakewood — is a common name of three different plants:* Acacia xiphophylla (family Fabaceae) in Australia * Piratinera guianensis (syn. Brosimum guianense ) (family Moraceae) in South America * Colubrina species (family Rhamnaceae) in North America …   Wikipedia

  • snakewood — Trumpetwood Trump et*wood , n. (Bot.) A tropical American tree ({Cecropia peltata}) of the Breadfruit family, having hollow stems, which are used for wind instruments; called also {snakewood}, and {trumpet tree}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snakewood — puošnioji delnuotė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Delnuotinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Cecropia peltata), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cecropia peltata angl. pop a gun; snakewood; trumpet tree vok …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • snakewood — indinė rauvolfija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Stepukinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Rauvolfia serpentina), paplitęs atogrąžų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Rauvolfia serpentina angl. ajmaline; rauwolfia; serpentine wood; snakewood šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • snakewood — /snayk wood /, n. 1. the heavy, dark red wood of a South American tree, Piratinera guianensis, used for decorative veneers, musical instrument bows, etc. 2. the tree that is the source of this wood. Also called letterwood. [1590 1600; SNAKE +… …   Universalium

  • snakewood — noun a) Brosimum guianense, an Amazonian tree having hard, speckled wood that resembles snakeskin; used in musical instruments b) Acacia xiphophylla, an Australian tree with curving, snake like limbs …   Wiktionary

  • snakewood — /ˈsneɪkwʊd/ (say snaykwood) noun one of various trees or shrubs with twisted branches seen as writhing like snakes, such as Acacia xiphophylla, a spreading tree found on semi arid land north of Carnarvon in Western Australia …   Australian English dictionary

  • snakewood — noun East Indian climbing shrub with twisted limbs and roots resembling serpents • Syn: ↑Rauwolfia serpentina • Hypernyms: ↑rauwolfia, ↑rauvolfia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Indian snakewood — azijinė kolubrina statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šunobelinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Colubrina asiatica), paplitęs Afrikoje, Australijoje, pietų Azijoje ir Ramiojo vandenyno salose. atitikmenys: lot. Colubrina asiatica angl. Indian… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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