black poisonwood

noun
variants: or

black poison

Definition of black poisonwood

  1. :  a tree (Metopium brownei of the family Anacardiaceae) native to southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and the West Indies that has a severely irritating sap and yields a dark close-grained hardwood He's a bushman who knows bush lore, … knows which trees shelter the howler monkeys, knows the poisonous black tarry sap from the black poisonwood and the antidote in the red gumbolimbo tree that usually grows nearby. — Jane P. Marshall, The Houston Chronicle, 4 Feb. 1996 —called also chechem

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