Definition of rosewood in US English:



  • 1Fragrant close-grained tropical timber with a distinctive fragrance, used particularly for making furniture and musical instruments.

    • ‘In later years, he also used rosewood as a primary wood, as well as for crossbanding.’
    • ‘There are 34 full-color photographs of beautiful gages made of ebony, rosewood, boxwood, mahogany, cherry, applewood, whalebone, ivory etc.’
    • ‘This year, three new wood veneers will be available for the back and sides: Hawaiian koa, big leaf maple, and Indian rosewood.’
    • ‘It is a superb piece, made of mahogany and rosewood and inlaid with ebony spikes to the corners, raised on three lyre supports, each with splayed legs and brass lion-paw feet.’
    • ‘A final photograph shows a less common tool, a wide smoothing plane constructed of heavy rosewood.’
    • ‘The King John Library is a baroque delight, with acres of gold leaf, faux marble, rosewood and ebony tables and of course stacks and stacks of books.’
    • ‘Made of rosewood with mahogany as the secondary wood, it includes brass stringing on the top and sides and an inlaid flush brass escutcheon and central brass plate.’
    • ‘The box was fashioned of antique burnished rosewood, with brass cylinders and myriad bells all working in perfectly refined unison.’
    • ‘The Indian furniture was usually of ebony, padouk, or rosewood with the floral borders and motifs either inlaid or engraved on ivory veneer.’
    • ‘The desk is of mahogany, bird's eye maple, rosewood, and leather.’
    • ‘It represents the most lavish use of rosewood veneer known on any Charleston surface with the exception of the sounding board of Saint Michael's pulpit, which dates from around 1760.’
    • ‘In the middle of the vanity was another object made of rosewood - a jewelry box, I'd presume.’
    • ‘An elephant pulls teak and rosewood logs at the Pak Lay Sawmill.’
    • ‘Unlike previous doors he had passed which were flimsy and made of cheap, laminated wood, this one was unscratched and made of stained rosewood.’
    • ‘For one, consumers have been told for years that the best instruments are made from precious tropical woods like mahogany, ebony and rosewood - the very species most in danger.’
    • ‘Intricately handcarved rosewood and handmade lace are art forms passed down from generation to generation.’
    • ‘It also features a combination of Brazilian rosewood and Ceylon satinwood veneers.’
    • ‘Many rococo revival etageres were made from imported rosewood because the beautiful grain patterns followed the lines of carved decoration.’
    • ‘In the first half of the eighteenth century ebony rosewood, and padouk were inlaid with floral designs ivory that was then engraved and highlighted with lac.’
    • ‘Once in a while the really dense woods, such as boxwood and ebony can fool me, and I really have to work hard to tell the difference between Madasgar and Honduras rosewood.’
  • 2The tree which produces rosewood.

    Genus Dalbergia, family Leguminosae: several species, including Indian rosewood (D. sissoo), which is often cultivated in warm areas as an ornamental

    • ‘Along one side of the pool, fast-growing Indian rosewood trees screen the garage.’
    • ‘This chore goes fast and is followed by light pruning for the pheasantwood and rosewood plantings.’
    • ‘In addition to seafood, the Atlantic coast is rich in other resources, including pine, rosewood, and mahogany as well as gold and silver.’
    • ‘Pine, eucalyptus, lemon or rosewood have antiseptic properties that are good for easing congestion.’
    • ‘The former logger's business was poised for expansion, and he needed new staffers to know as much about such exotic species as Tamarind and Patagonian rosewood as he did himself.’
    1. 2.1 Used in names of other trees that yield timber similar to rosewood.