One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hard, heavy timber which blackens with age and is used for musical instruments.
- ‘An instrument maker who had dermatitis showed a positive patch test reaction to cocus wood but evidence for contact with the wood was circumstantial.’
- ‘Most bagpipes that are made of rosewood, sheesham wood, or cocus wood are commonly considered inferior in quality.’
- ‘Older pipes made of cocus wood were common in the late 18th and throughout the 19th centuries.’
- ‘During the 19th century, cocus wood became available from the West Indies and quickly became the standard timber for flutes and other woodwinds from that period.’
Mid 17th century: cocus, of unknown origin.
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