Definition of rosewood in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Intricately handcarved rosewood and handmade lace are art forms passed down from generation to generation.’
    • ‘There are 34 full-color photographs of beautiful gages made of ebony, rosewood, boxwood, mahogany, cherry, applewood, whalebone, ivory etc.’
    • ‘In the middle of the vanity was another object made of rosewood - a jewelry box, I'd presume.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An elephant pulls teak and rosewood logs at the Pak Lay Sawmill.’
    • ‘The desk is of mahogany, bird's eye maple, rosewood, and leather.’
    • ‘Many rococo revival etageres were made from imported rosewood because the beautiful grain patterns followed the lines of carved decoration.’
    • ‘This year, three new wood veneers will be available for the back and sides: Hawaiian koa, big leaf maple, and Indian rosewood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In later years, he also used rosewood as a primary wood, as well as for crossbanding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also features a combination of Brazilian rosewood and Ceylon satinwood veneers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2The tree which produces rosewood.

    • ‘In addition to seafood, the Atlantic coast is rich in other resources, including pine, rosewood, and mahogany as well as gold and silver.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 Used in names of other trees which yield timber similar to rosewood, e.g. African rosewood.