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The yellow-brown, mahogany-like wood of either of two trees of the family Lauraceae, Apollonias barbujana and Phoebe indica, primarily used in carpentry and cabinetmaking.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tredgold (1788–1829), engineer. From the name of the Canary Islands + wood.
Canary wood/kəˈnɛːri wʊd/
The yellow or orange-coloured wood of any of various trees, especially Liriodendron tulipifera (family Magnoliaceae) and Morinda citrifolia (family Rubiaceae), primarily used in carpentry and cabinetmaking; a tree producing such wood.
Early 19th century. From canary + wood, originally after French canari, probably so called with reference to the colour of the wood.
canary wood/kəˈnɛːri wʊd/
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