co·​co·​bo·​lo | \ ˌkō-kə-ˈbō-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce cocobolo (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cocobola \ ˌkō-​kə-​ˈbō-​lə How to pronounce cocobola (audio) \
plural cocobolos also cocobolas

Definition of cocobolo

: the hard, heavy heartwood of any of various tropical American trees of the genus Dalbergia (especially Dalbergia retusa) that is typically yellowish-orange to reddish-brown in color When finished, it will be a 4-inch, drop-point fixed blade knife with a handle of cocobolo, a tropical wood also known as rosewood.— Jason Collins, The Victoria (Texas) Advocate, 21 Aug. 2006 In the sedate cocobolo-panelled dining room, serious men surrounded by decanters embark on elaborate tastings.— Leo Carey, The New Yorker, 30 May 2005 also : a timber tree yielding cocobolo

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History and Etymology for cocobolo

Spanish, from Arawak kakabali

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“Cocobolo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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