One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The ornamental wood of any of several Australian trees and tall shrubs; specifically (a) either of two trees of the genus Eucryphia (family Eucryphiaceae), E. lucida of Tasmania, and E. moorei of south-east Australia; (b) the wallaby bush, Beyeria viscosa (family Euphorbiaceae) (now rare).
2The ornamental wood of either of two Brazilian trees: †(a) the tree Dicypellium caryophyllatum (family Lauraceae) (obsolete rare); (b) Brazilian tulipwood, Dalbergia frutescens (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)) (rare). Also (more fully "pinkwood-tree"): either of these trees.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Hobart Town Gazette. From pink + wood.
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