Definition of letterwood

1 : the mottled wood of a South American tree (Brosimum aubletii) used for veneer
2 : the tree that yields letterwood

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First Known Use of letterwood

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for letterwood

translation of French bois de lettres; from the fancied resemblance of its markings to letters of the alphabet

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“Letterwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterwood. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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