Definition of harewood

1 : a greenish gray figured cabinet wood obtained by chemical treatment and dyeing of sycamore maple and sometimes other maples

called also gray harewood

2 : a strongly figured tropical American wood initially yellow but seasoning to silvery gray with greenish markings, obtained from a tree of the genus Xanthoxylum, and much used by 18th century cabinetmakers but now rarely available

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History and Etymology for harewood

alteration of earlier aire-wood, from obsolete English ayre, ayer harewood (perhaps from Friulian ayar maple tree, from Latin acer) + English wood

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“Harewood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harewood. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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