letterwood

noun

Definition of letterwood

  1. 1 :  the mottled wood of a South American tree (Brosimum aubletii) used for veneer

  2. 2 :  the tree that yields letterwood

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Origin and Etymology of letterwood

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


First Known Use: 1769


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