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

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Recent Examples on the Web An overnight passage from London to Venice in the grande suite, a rosewood and damask sleeping carriage with its own living room, costs about $18,000, and includes complimentary Champagne. Penelope Green,, "James Sherwood; revived the Orient Express, 86," 5 July 2020 The ranch-style house, built in 1972 on 5.51 acres, has oak, rosewood and travertine floors, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,048 square feet of living space. oregonlive, "On the market: 10 Oregon homes on big lots for sale with deep discounts," 6 June 2020 As of last year, international sales of rosewood require permits. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Sea turtles, hummingbird charms, and other souvenirs not to buy on vacation," 2 Aug. 2019 The Canadian Belt Knife has an elliptical blade and a distinctive offset handle that was originally made of rosewood and is now available in stag as well. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The Five Best Hunting Knives Ever Made," 23 Sep. 2019 The latest of these is Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand, a series of villas on a terraced hillside, thick with sal and rosewood trees, where the Ganges flows swiftly through like liquid jade. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring India’s Spiritual Center from the New Taj Rishikesh," 23 Dec. 2019 This oil contains rosewood, sage, and bergamot scents, and massaging it on your face feels amazing. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "What to buy for a better shave," 28 Mar. 2019 In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukula trees, which can be passed as traditional rosewood are also targeted. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "China’s unending demand for rosewood furniture is damaging African forests," 16 Sep. 2019 It is made entirely of high-quality wood: spruce, mahogany, and rosewood. Popular Science, "Kid-friendly guitars for the aspiring young strummer," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of rosewood

1660, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2020

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“Rosewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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