stink·​wood ˈstiŋk-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce stinkwood (audio)
: any of several trees with a wood of unpleasant odor
especially : a southern African tree (Ocotea bullata) of the laurel family yielding a hard strong wood used in cabinetmaking
: the wood of a stinkwood

Examples of stinkwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The land here is arid and open, except for hardy stinkwood and wild olive trees, which cling to existence in small patches. Russ Juskalian, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stinkwood was in 1731

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“Stinkwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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