Definition of sweetwood 

1 : a laurel (Laurus nobilis)

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

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