Definition of paddlewood in US English:

paddlewood

noun

  • A tropical South American tree, Aspidosperma excelsum (family Apocynaceae) (also "paddlewood tree"); the light, elastic wood of this tree, used especially to make paddles for canoes.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Schomburgk (1804–1865), surveyor and traveller. From paddle + wood.

Pronunciation

paddlewood

/ˈpadlwʊd/