Definition of cocus wood in English:

cocus wood


mass noun
  • Hard, heavy timber which blackens with age and is used for musical instruments.

    This timber is obtained from the Jamaican ebony (Brya ebenus, family Leguminosae)

    • ‘Older pipes made of cocus wood were common in the late 18th and throughout the 19th centuries.’
    • ‘Most bagpipes that are made of rosewood, sheesham wood, or cocus wood are commonly considered inferior in quality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An instrument maker who had dermatitis showed a positive patch test reaction to cocus wood but evidence for contact with the wood was circumstantial.’


Mid 17th century: cocus, of unknown origin.


cocus wood