logwood

noun log·wood \ ˈlȯg-ˌwu̇d , ˈläg- \

Definition of logwood

1 a :a small leguminous tree (Haematoxylum campechianum) native to Mexico and Central America that is cultivated in warmer climates especially for the dye extracted from its heartwood
Note: The logwood has become naturalized in many regions (as the West Indies, Africa, and Australia) where it is sometimes considered an invasive species.
b :the very hard brown or brownish-red heartwood of logwood
2 :a dye extracted from the heartwood of logwood — compare hematoxylin

First Known Use of logwood

1581


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logwood

noun log·wood \ ˈlȯg-ˌwu̇d, ˈläg- \

medical Definition of logwood

1 a :a Central American and West Indian leguminous tree (Haematoxylon campechianum)
b :the very hard brown or brownish red heartwood of logwood
2 :a dye extracted from the heartwood of logwood — see hematoxylin

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