One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Light-coloured wood, especially when made up into furniture and ready for staining, varnishing, or painting.as modifier ‘a whitewood cabinet’
- ‘There were other calls about whitewood and Japanese cycads with scale’
- ‘Her whitewood staff, as always, was clutched in her hand.’
- ‘With its 10 whitewood pews and four film projectors, the church serves as a 3-D museum and theater.’
- ‘The tuning coil frame was built using American whitewood, and fixed with wooden bolts.’
- ‘Bows can be made totally from sapwood of many tree species, but some slight changes need to be made in the following designs to accommodate whitewood bows.’
2North American Any of a number of trees that yield pale timber.
the tulip tree.
a silver fir (Abies alba, family Pinaceae).
- ‘The northern whitewoods grow in brutal climates in the northern US states and into Canada where the growing season is short.’
- ‘Imagine about a fifty metre span of wire inexpertly strung, sneaking through those coolibahs, wilgas and whitewoods.’
- ‘The major populations of whitewoods can be found within the Diana's Peak National Park growing along side the dogwoods, black cabbages trees and tree fern thicket.’
- ‘Apart from grape vines for shading pergolas and some lawn areas, river red gums, melaleucas, whitewoods and native grasses, such as native lemon grass and kangaroo grass, were the obvious choices, in keeping with the riverside site.’
- ‘Currently, some 80% of the wood used in the Scottish construction industry is imported - mostly softwoods, i.e. redwoods and whitewoods from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.’
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