One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spiny Caribbean tree of the pea family, the dark heartwood of which yields haematoxylin and other dyes.
Haematoxylon campechianum, family Leguminosae
- ‘The region was a habitat for logwood, a species of small tree found in parts of the southwestern Caribbean that was most commonly used to make a black dye.’
- ‘Some of the early privateers settled in these waterlogged plains, cutting and selling logwood as a means to generating wealth.’
- ‘The early settlers were attracted by the logwood, from which was extracted dyes used by the Lancashire cotton industry.’
- ‘The many disputes and difficulties that arose over the rights of growing and cutting logwood are a matter of history.’
- ‘There was a group of men that went to the logwoods, sawing the trees and loading them onto trucks.’
- ‘On land, they plundered logwood, a tree used to produce a dye used in the woolen industry.’
- ‘Mahogany cutting and removal were dramatically more labor-intensive than logwood.’
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