Definition of snakewood in US English:

snakewood

noun

  • 1A tree or shrub that has wood from which a snakebite antidote or other medicinal extract is obtained.

    Several species, in particular the tree Strychnos minor or 'colubrina' (family Loganiaceae), of the Indian subcontinent

  • 2A tropical American tree which has timber with a snakeskin pattern, used for decorative work.

    Brosimum rubescens, family Moraceae

    • ‘A typical Baroque violin or viol bow had a finely tapered snakewood stick, almost straight or slightly curved outwards.’
    • ‘Just as its name implies, snakewood has a grain pattern that makes it look like the skin of a snake.’

Pronunciation

snakewood

/ˈsnākwo͝od/