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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In 2010 the international community, concerned about deforestation, pushed the Madagascan government to close the loophole allowing rosewood exports. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 Leather seats are high quality and the aluminum trim and rosewood inlays further add to the SUV’s class. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 Tireless Henderson Islanders squaring off Pacific rosewood, adzes made from giant clamshells, chewing out chocolate shavings from the dark heartwood. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 8 June 2019 The Alix hoop pairs a classic shape with an unexpected material: rosewood. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Channel French Girl Chic With This Brand," 28 Mar. 2019 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

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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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