Definition of alligator wood in English:

alligator wood


  • 1The timber of the West Indian tree Guarea glabra (sometimes called G. guidonia; family Meliaceae), which has a musky smell supposedly resembling that of an alligator.

  • 2The fine-grained timber of the tree Liquidambar styraciflua (family Altingiaceae) of North and Central America, used in construction and for making furniture.


Late 17th century; earliest use found in Hans Sloane (1660–1753), physician and collector.