yel·​low·​wood ˈye-lō-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce yellowwood (audio)
: any of various trees having yellowish wood or yielding a yellow extract
especially : a leguminous tree (Cladrastis lutea) of the southern U.S. having showy white fragrant flowers and yielding a yellow dye
: the wood of a yellowwood tree

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sap starts to flow in late January or early February in some trees, such as maples, walnuts, birches, beeches, hornbeams, and yellowwood. Beth Botts,, 19 Dec. 2021 In my ears, though, the life of Major, a yellowwood tree new to Boston, was unfolding in an audio play., 15 Sep. 2021 Areas in Brown County State Park and Yellowwood State Forest will be considered high conservation value forest areas in an effort to preserve the yellowwood tree population. USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2020 One theory was that the yellowwood trees were brought north by Kentucky settlers, but that was proven false when the trees were analyzed. USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2020 Hogsback is a haven for yellowwoods, South Africa’s national tree. National Geographic, 11 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yellowwood was in 1583

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“Yellowwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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