yel·​low·​wood | \ ˈye-lō-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce yellowwood (audio) , ˈye-lə- \

Definition of yellowwood

1 : 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
2 : the wood of a yellowwood tree

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Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of yellowwood

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Sep 2021

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“Yellowwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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