Definition of coachwood

  1. 1 :  either of two Australian trees of the family Cunoniaceae: a :  a medium-sized tree (Ceratopetalum apetalum) with grayish bark and dry hard fruits surrounded by winglike calyx lobes —called also leatherjacket b :  a medium-sized to large tree (Schizomeria ovata) with a succulent egg-shaped fruit —called also white cherry

  2. 2 :  the heavy tough fine-grained wood of the coachwood (see sense 1a above) pinkish in color but darkening on exposure and used chiefly for veneers and in cabinetwork —called also scented satinwood

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Origin and Etymology of coachwood

so called from its use in coachbuilding

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a brief usually trivial fact

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