Definition of rosewood in English:



  • 1mass noun Close-grained tropical timber with a distinctive fragrance, used particularly for making furniture and musical instruments.

    • ‘An elephant pulls teak and rosewood logs at the Pak Lay Sawmill.’
    • ‘It also features a combination of Brazilian rosewood and Ceylon satinwood veneers.’
    • ‘In the first half of the eighteenth century ebony rosewood, and padouk were inlaid with floral designs ivory that was then engraved and highlighted with lac.’
    • ‘In the middle of the vanity was another object made of rosewood - a jewelry box, I'd presume.’
    • ‘There are 34 full-color photographs of beautiful gages made of ebony, rosewood, boxwood, mahogany, cherry, applewood, whalebone, ivory etc.’
    • ‘It is a superb piece, made of mahogany and rosewood and inlaid with ebony spikes to the corners, raised on three lyre supports, each with splayed legs and brass lion-paw feet.’
    • ‘The desk is of mahogany, bird's eye maple, rosewood, and leather.’
    • ‘Unlike previous doors he had passed which were flimsy and made of cheap, laminated wood, this one was unscratched and made of stained rosewood.’
    • ‘The King John Library is a baroque delight, with acres of gold leaf, faux marble, rosewood and ebony tables and of course stacks and stacks of books.’
    • ‘Once in a while the really dense woods, such as boxwood and ebony can fool me, and I really have to work hard to tell the difference between Madasgar and Honduras rosewood.’
    • ‘In later years, he also used rosewood as a primary wood, as well as for crossbanding.’
    • ‘It represents the most lavish use of rosewood veneer known on any Charleston surface with the exception of the sounding board of Saint Michael's pulpit, which dates from around 1760.’
    • ‘The box was fashioned of antique burnished rosewood, with brass cylinders and myriad bells all working in perfectly refined unison.’
    • ‘The Indian furniture was usually of ebony, padouk, or rosewood with the floral borders and motifs either inlaid or engraved on ivory veneer.’
    • ‘This year, three new wood veneers will be available for the back and sides: Hawaiian koa, big leaf maple, and Indian rosewood.’
    • ‘Intricately handcarved rosewood and handmade lace are art forms passed down from generation to generation.’
    • ‘Many rococo revival etageres were made from imported rosewood because the beautiful grain patterns followed the lines of carved decoration.’
    • ‘For one, consumers have been told for years that the best instruments are made from precious tropical woods like mahogany, ebony and rosewood - the very species most in danger.’
    • ‘Made of rosewood with mahogany as the secondary wood, it includes brass stringing on the top and sides and an inlaid flush brass escutcheon and central brass plate.’
    • ‘A final photograph shows a less common tool, a wide smoothing plane constructed of heavy rosewood.’
  • 2The tree which produces rosewood.

    Genus Dalbergia, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular D. nigra of Brazil

    • ‘This chore goes fast and is followed by light pruning for the pheasantwood and rosewood plantings.’
    • ‘Along one side of the pool, fast-growing Indian rosewood trees screen the garage.’
    • ‘The former logger's business was poised for expansion, and he needed new staffers to know as much about such exotic species as Tamarind and Patagonian rosewood as he did himself.’
    • ‘Pine, eucalyptus, lemon or rosewood have antiseptic properties that are good for easing congestion.’
    • ‘In addition to seafood, the Atlantic coast is rich in other resources, including pine, rosewood, and mahogany as well as gold and silver.’
    1. 2.1 Used in names of other trees which yield timber similar to rosewood, e.g. African rosewood.