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 In addition to this pretty marigold shade, this one also comes in red, black and rosewood, a reddish brown. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 This high-quality acoustic guitar from Yamaha delivers excellent sound and comes in your choice of six shades, most of which are made of rosewood. Ivana Chavez,, 18 Apr. 2021 Eau de nil, sandstone and light rosewood are lifted by touches of scarlet red and azure blue. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 Jacaranda, a dark rosewood that was a favorite of the midcentury designers, has been logged almost to the point of extinction, and the exportation of it is now highly restricted. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2021 On the west wall, a small 1948 Josef Albers painting that hangs over the fireplace serves as the space’s only splash of color; nearby, an ornate Carlo Bugatti Mosque chair and a 1926 rosewood-and-parchment secretaire decorate a niche. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 The House of Staunton in Alabama, one of the world’s largest chess retailers, offers wooden sets with relatively simple knights, such as the $129 tournament-style set in boxwood and rosewood, as well as sets with more detail. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2020 Notes of jasmine and lavender have a naturally calming effect while the Brazilian rosewood lends a musky undertone. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2020 The backs and sides are usually made from sturdy hardwoods like mahogany, rosewood or maple. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of rosewood

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Rosewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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