American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various Australian evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Casuarina, having jointed stems, scalelike whorled leaves, and small fruits grouped in woody conelike structures.
- n. The wood of any of these plants, often used in construction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The timber of some species of Australian trees belonging to the genus Casuarina (which see). It is of a reddish color, hard and close-grained, with dark and whitish streaks. It is used chiefly for fine ornamental work.
- n. In the West Indies, a name given to Pisonia obtusata, with soft coarse-grained wood.
- n. Any of the Australian trees having timber resembling raw beef
- n. uncountable The timber of those trees.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An Australian tree (Casuarina), and its red wood, used for cabinetwork; also, the trees Stenocarpus salignus of New South Wales, and Banksia compar of Queensland.
- n. any of several heavy hard reddish chiefly tropical woods of the families Casuarinaceae and Proteaceae; some used for cabinetwork
- n. any of several Australian trees of the genus Casuarina yielding heavy hard red wood used in cabinetwork
- n. tree or tall shrub with shiny leaves and umbels of fragrant creamy-white flowers; yields hard heavy reddish wood
- n. a tropical hardwood tree yielding balata gum and heavy red timber
- n. tree yielding hard heavy reddish wood
- beef + wood (Wiktionary)
“Besides those gums, another Australasian tree, the thin-foliaged and unlovely, but quick-growing "beefwood," has been largely planted at Kimberley and some other places.”
“On June 2nd we crossed the last sand-ridge of the great northern desert, and before us spread the rolling gravel-covered undulations of sand, treeless except for an occasional beefwood or small clump of mulga, rolling away before us like a swelling ocean.”
“The beefwood tree, the leaves of which camels, when hard pressed, will eat, alone commands the summit of the undulations.”
“Spellbound they crouched in the black and smouldering ashes of the spinifex, mouths open and eyes staring, and then with one terrific yell away they ran, dodging and doubling until a somewhat bushy beefwood tree seemed to offer them means of escape.”
“We could, by their tracks, see where they had herded together in fear under a beefwood tree not one hundred yards from us.”
“Next some parallel ridges lying north and south were crossed, where some beefwood, or Grevillea trees, ornamented the scene, the country again opening into beautiful grassy lawns.”
“W. steered a S.W. course, towards some low and wooded hills, passing a rocky island, and found that we had struck the mouth of a channel running to the W.S.W. It was about half-a-mile wide, was bounded to the right by some open flat ground, and to the left by a line of hills of about sixty or seventy feet in elevation, partly open and partly covered with beefwood.”
“Between those brushes the ground was open forest with good grass, casuarina or beefwood, and large timber: the hills as usual stony.”
“The gallery includes significant purchases made by the National Museum including the First Fleet table, made of beefwood collected near Port Jackson for the First Fleet Surgeon General John White in the early 1790s, and a rich collection associated with Captain James Cook including Cook's plane table surveying frame, a striking marble bust and copy of Banks ”
“During the 'wet' (our winter), it's impassable, during the 'dry' (April to October), it's rough but idyllic, with scenery punctuated by massive, sculptural boabs (Aussie baobabs), black beefwood trees and blinding white ghost-gums shading hundreds of humpbacked Brahman cattle.”
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