sass·​wood | \ ˈsaˌswu̇d \
variants: or sassywood \ ˈsasēˌwu̇d \

Definition of sasswood

: a western African tree (Erythrophloeum guineense) of the family Leguminosae having a poisonous bark and yielding a hard strong insect-resistant wood

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History and Etymology for sasswood

sasswood alteration of sassywood; sassywood from sassy (probably of African origin) + wood

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“Sasswood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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