black·​wood | \ ˈblak-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce blackwood (audio) \

Definition of blackwood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of several hardwood trees (such as Acacia melanoxylon and Dalbergia latifolia of the legume family) or their dark-colored wood


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Black·​wood | \ ˈblak-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce Blackwood (audio) \

Definition of Blackwood (Entry 2 of 2)

William 1776–1834 Scottish publisher

Examples of blackwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The winner’s call was made of walnut, maple and African blackwood with inlayed sterling silver scrolling and filigree highlights. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, 19 Feb. 2020 There are already plenty of strong woods in the world, like quebracho, snakewood, or African blackwood. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of blackwood


1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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