Definition of sweetwood

  1. 1 :  a laurel (Laurus nobilis)

  2. 2 :  any of various chiefly tropical American trees of the family Lauraceae: such as a :  a tree of the genus Ocotea — compare stinkwood b :  a tree of the genus Nectandra — compare bebeeru c :  a small or medium-sized Jamaican tree (Licaria triandra or Acrodiclidium jamaicense) with easily worked greenish yellow wood

  3. 3 :  licorice 1,2a

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