One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An Australian tree of rainforest and scrub, with heavy black and yellow timber that is used mainly for cabinetmaking.
Harpullia pendula, family Sapindaceae
- ‘The flowers of tulipwood are greenish/yellow with five petals, and arranged in panicles emerging from the leaf axils.’
- ‘There are other, unrelated species which are also called tulipwood.’
- ‘There also exists the Australian "tulipwood", the common name of Harpullia pendula, among others.’
2mass noun The pale timber of the tulip tree.
- ‘This box features eight book-matched pieces of Brazilian tulipwood, the lightest hued of the true rosewoods, in a beveled field of wenge, with holly.’
- ‘This is a very pale piece of tulipwood.’
- ‘All different types of woods were used to make up this complicated pattern: rosewood, walnut, mahogany, satinwood, ebony, boxwood, burr walnut, elm and tulipwoods to name a few!’
- ‘Both are easily confused with rosewood, particularly as tulipwood is also known as bois de rose in France.’
- ‘I've also made 3 tulipwoods, another cedar, and another sassafras but gave those as gifts before taking pictures.’
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