rosewood

noun
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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The ebony fingerboard has more brightness and snap than the rosewood used on most Fender electrics. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Set behind gates in the Westlake Village neighborhood, the 1993 Mediterranean compound contains such standout features as Brazilian rosewood flooring, tiled fireplaces, an elevator, a playroom and a state-of-the-art home theater. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "Filmmaker hopes to make a splash with sale of compound with two pools," 9 Oct. 2018 The original design was finished with Brazilian rosewood, which was the only option until the 1990s. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is What Makes The Eames Lounge Chair So Special," 7 Nov. 2018 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, latimes.com, "‘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

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1660, in the meaning defined above

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rosewood

noun

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

rosewood

noun
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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