rose·​wood | \ ˈrōz-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce rosewood (audio) \

Definition of rosewood

: any of various tropical trees (especially genus Dalbergia) yielding valuable cabinet woods of a usually dark red or purplish color streaked and variegated with black also : the wood

Examples of rosewood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chairs, console tables in Liberty-style, mirrors, chests with inlaid rosewood and gold leaf finish, as well as bronze decorations, have been returned to their former glory. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Most poached wood makes it into our homes in products made from rosewood, ebony, Dalbergia nigra, balsa and agar wood. Lyndsie Bourgon, WSJ, 23 June 2022 Below the rustic-meets-contemporary chandelier, Janak paired the couple’s vintage rosewood table with their traditional English chairs, channeling a generations-old vibe. Marni Elyse Katz,, 16 June 2022 The smoky and rich composition of exotic smoky woods like rare oud, sandalwood, and rosewood combine with eastern spices like Chinese pepper, cardamom, and the ever-sensual amber to really make the oud’s bold scent noticed. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 Combining primary notes of enveloping sage, electrifying narcissus, invigorating rosewood, and metallic sclarene, this is a perfume that will last through the ages, and quickly become a staple in your collection. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Formulated with 100% natural fragrances and 24 pure essential oils (think: lavender, Brazilian rosewood, and jasmine), this organic candle from British brand Neom was designed specifically with relaxation in mind. Jaimie Potters, Good Housekeeping, 16 Apr. 2022 As a result of those casks, the 1990 has a distinct, 100% natural rosewood hue. Rachel King, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2022 Fine attention to detail is all-around here, including a Sitka spruce top, solid maple back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped with an Indian rosewood fretboard. Joshua Kanter, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rosewood

1660, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Rosewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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rose·​wood | \ ˈrōz-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce rosewood (audio) \

Kids Definition of rosewood

: a reddish or purplish wood streaked with black that is used especially for making furniture and musical instruments

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