log·​wood | \ ˈlȯg-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce logwood (audio) , ˈläg- \

Definition of logwood

1a : 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

Examples of logwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An example of this metaphor is the 12th House Dress, piece-dyed in striations of madder, indigo, logwood, and marigolds and created in collaboration with Swarovski. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 11 June 2021 By the early 19th century, a newer dye made from logwood and ferrous sulfate made the color cheap to produce. Shelley Puhak, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of logwood

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Logwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logwood. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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log·​wood | \ ˈlȯg-ˌwu̇d, ˈläg- How to pronounce logwood (audio) \

Medical Definition of logwood

1a : 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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