sappanwood

noun
sap·​pan·​wood
variants: or sapanwood \ səˈpanˌ⸗ , ˈsaˌpanˌ⸗ \ or less commonly sappan
plural -s

Definition of sappanwood

1 : a red soluble brazilwood obtained from an East Indian tree (Caesalpinia sappan)
2 : a tree that yields sappanwood

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History and Etymology for sappanwood

sappanwood, sapanwood from Malay sapang + English wood; sappan from Malay sapang

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“Sappanwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sappanwood. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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