One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tree or shrub which has timber from which a snakebite antidote or other medicinal extract is obtained.
Several species, in particular the tree Strychnos minor or 'colubrina' (family Loganiaceae), of the Indian subcontinent
2A tropical American tree which has timber with a snakeskin pattern, used for decorative work.
Brosimum rubescens, family Moraceae
- ‘Just as its name implies, snakewood has a grain pattern that makes it look like the skin of a snake.’
- ‘A typical Baroque violin or viol bow had a finely tapered snakewood stick, almost straight or slightly curved outwards.’
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