rose·​wood | \ˈrōz-ˌwu̇d \

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

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My father and stepmother just purchased a lovely rosewood and black leather sofa by Hans Wagner there. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Antique Stores and Flea Markets, According to the Pros," 21 Sep. 2018 The illicit practice affects not only centuries-old rosewood trees but also swaths of rain forest that poachers clear to access them. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Tracing Thailand’s Illegal Rosewood Trade," 15 Mar. 2018 Other features include bronze and alabaster sconces by French artist Albert Cheuret, Belgian black marble floors and rosewood paneling. Neal J. Leitereg,, "‘Episodes’ co-creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane list L.A. penthouse for $29.9 million," 11 July 2018 But the companies have no plans to abandon rosewood altogether. Michael Casey, USA TODAY, "US guitar makers hit hard by new international logging regulations on prized rosewood," 12 Apr. 2018 Lift off the Indian rosewood top and take your goods around the house with you before returning it to home base: a sturdy iron frame with a brass finish. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "11 Double-Duty Furniture Pieces for Small Spaces," 22 Jan. 2018 In the courtyard of the downtown San Diego Central Library Saturday morning, a Flamenco performer dressed in bright red and wearing handmade Spanish rosewood shoes led a couple dozen people in dance. J. Harry Jones, Pomerado News, "From Flamenco to mollusks, library workshops had it all," 26 May 2018 The findings suggest that most of Thailand's rosewood likely is destined for China. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Tracing Thailand’s Illegal Rosewood Trade," 15 Mar. 2018 One to skip: Skip rosewood which is on the endangered list; lavender, on the other hand, is sustainable. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Most Versatile Essential Oils You Can Own—And 5 You Can Skip," 31 July 2017

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rosewood

: the hard, dark, red wood of some tropical trees that is used especially for making furniture and musical instruments


rose·​wood | \ˈrōz-ˌwu̇d \

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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