American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical American tree (Ocotea rodioei) having dark, greenish, durable wood.
- n. Any of various similar trees.
- n. The wood of any of these trees.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Nectandra Rodiæi, a large lauraceous tree of Guiana. Its timber is remarkably hard, and is highly valued for its strength and durability. Its bark is known in commerce as bebeeru bark, and is used as a tonic and febrifuge.
- n. In Jamaica, the Colubrina ferruginosa, a small rhamnaceous tree.
- n. In Jamaica. Zizyphus Chloroxylon, one of the trees called cog-wood.
- green + heart (Wiktionary)
“The first cost is more than for rods whose various parts are made of different woods, but the greenheart is the cheapest rod in the end.”
“Her sides are some eighteen inches thick, and sheathed and resheathed with "greenheart" to help her in battering the ice.”
“For crossing the river they have bridges that stretch from one great greenheart tree to another on the opposite bank...”
“She is of about 350 tons, and built of selected pine, oak, and greenheart.”
“As it was already put together in the rack at the back of the hotel, I borrowed it just to save the bother of fixing up my own greenheart.”
“I saw the Parson weeded four times yesterday with his little ten-foot greenheart.”
“My rod, I might explain, was the trolling or sea fishing version of a capital greenheart portmanteau rod, to which I had treated myself in hopes of use in Canadian waters, and was a stiff little pole (in this form) of a trifle over 9 ft.”
“For ordinary purposes 17 feet of greenheart or split-cane are ample, and the modern salmon angler has come to look upon even this -- which our forefathers would have pooh-poohed as a mere grilse-rod -- as excessive.”
“The smaller greenheart, therefore, for the third time gallantly survived its month on a Norway river; but those rocks have literally chipped the shine from every joint, leaving, I believe and hope, its constitution, nevertheless, quite sound.”
“I saw a friend last autumn produce a 15-foot greenheart rod on Tweedside.”
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