Definition of coachwood

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 : 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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History and Etymology for coachwood

so called from its use in coachbuilding

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“Coachwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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