black·​wood ˈblak-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce blackwood (audio)
: any of several hardwood trees (such as Acacia melanoxylon and Dalbergia latifolia of the legume family) or their dark-colored wood

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Biographical Definition


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Black·​wood ˈblak-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce Blackwood (audio)
William 1776–1834 Scottish publisher
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