One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
More fully "pepperwood tree". Any of various trees with spicy or pungently aromatic wood, bark, or leaves, especially (a) any of the lauraceous trees Umbellularia californica of California, Cinnamomum laubatii of Queensland, and Dicypellium caryophyllaceum and Licaria guianensis of tropical America; (b) US either of the prickly ashes, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis and Z. americanum (family Rutaceae); (c) NZ the horopito, Pseudowintera axillaris (family Winteraceae).
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From pepper + wood.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.