Definition of partridge-wood in US English:

partridge-wood

noun

  • 1Any of several attractively variegated kinds of wood used especially in cabinet work, especially that of the cabbage-bark tree or angelin, Andira inermis; (also) the wood of an Australian cabbage palm, Livistona inermis, and of the Venezuelan tree Caesalpinia granadillo (family Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae)).

  • 2A speckled condition in the heartwood of oak resulting from infection by the basidiomycete fungus Stereum frustulatum.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From partridge + wood.

Pronunciation

partridge-wood

/ˈpɑːtrɪdʒˌwʊd/