One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Close-grained tropical timber with a distinctive fragrance, used particularly for making furniture and musical instruments.
- ‘There are 34 full-color photographs of beautiful gages made of ebony, rosewood, boxwood, mahogany, cherry, applewood, whalebone, ivory etc.’
- ‘The Indian furniture was usually of ebony, padouk, or rosewood with the floral borders and motifs either inlaid or engraved on ivory veneer.’
- ‘It also features a combination of Brazilian rosewood and Ceylon satinwood veneers.’
- ‘A final photograph shows a less common tool, a wide smoothing plane constructed of heavy rosewood.’
- ‘Unlike previous doors he had passed which were flimsy and made of cheap, laminated wood, this one was unscratched and made of stained rosewood.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘An elephant pulls teak and rosewood logs at the Pak Lay Sawmill.’
- ‘This year, three new wood veneers will be available for the back and sides: Hawaiian koa, big leaf maple, and Indian rosewood.’
- ‘The desk is of mahogany, bird's eye maple, rosewood, and leather.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In later years, he also used rosewood as a primary wood, as well as for crossbanding.’
- ‘The box was fashioned of antique burnished rosewood, with brass cylinders and myriad bells all working in perfectly refined unison.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the middle of the vanity was another object made of rosewood - a jewelry box, I'd presume.’
2The tree which produces rosewood.
- ‘Along one side of the pool, fast-growing Indian rosewood trees screen the garage.’
- ‘This chore goes fast and is followed by light pruning for the pheasantwood and rosewood plantings.’
- ‘In addition to seafood, the Atlantic coast is rich in other resources, including pine, rosewood, and mahogany as well as gold and silver.’
- ‘Pine, eucalyptus, lemon or rosewood have antiseptic properties that are good for easing congestion.’
- ‘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.’
- 2.1 Used in names of other trees which yield timber similar to rosewood, e.g. African rosewood.
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