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1Wood of the sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus, that has been dyed a grey colour, typically used in inlay work; compare "harewood".
2Greyish wood of the southeast Asian tree Terminalia alata (family Combretaceae), used in furniture and veneers.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Cabinet Maker & Art Furnisher.
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