American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A deciduous tree (Chloroxylon swietenia) of India and Sri Lanka, having hard, yellowish, close-grained wood.
- n. A West Indian tree (Zanthoxylum flavum) having smooth, slightly oily, lustrous wood.
- n. The wood of either of these trees, used for furniture and cabinetwork.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wood of Chloroxylon Swietenia, of the order Meliaceæ; also, the tree itself. The tree is a native of southern India and Ceylon, of moderate size, bearing long pinnate deciduous leaves and large branching panicles of small whitish flowers. The heart-wood is of a yellowish color and fine satiny luster, hard, heavy, and durable. It is used in India for furniture, agricultural implements, etc., but in western countries is used only for cabinet-work, backs of brushes, turnery, etc. Another East Indian satinwood is furnished by Maba buxifolia. Bahama satinwood, a fine article entering commerce, is attributed to some ebenaceous tree, perhaps a Maba. Xanthoxylum Caribæum of Florida and the West Indies is another satinwood, a small tree with extremely hard, fine-grained wood, susceptible of a beautiful polish. There is also a Tasmanian satin-wood, the source of which is botanically unknown.
- n. Wood used for crafting fine furniture, particularly for inlay and marquetry, from either Chloroxylon swietenia, the Ceylon or East Indian satinwood, or Zanthoxylum flavum, the Jamaican or West Indian satinwood.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The hard, lemon-colored, fragrant wood of an East Indian tree (Chloroxylon Swietenia). It takes a lustrous finish, and is used in cabinetwork. The name is also given to the wood of a species of prickly ash (Xanthoxylum Caribæum) growing in Florida and the West Indies.
- n. West Indian tree with smooth lustrous and slightly oily wood
- n. hard yellowish wood of a satinwood tree having a satiny luster; used for fine cabinetwork and tools
- n. East Indian tree with valuable hard lustrous yellowish wood
- satin + wood (Wiktionary)
“Turns out that like the satinwood ladies table it was British and more affordable than a decade ago.”
“She turned away from its satinwood and pastel brocades and went to the window, which afforded a view of a large formal garden, which even at this dreary time of year looked pleasant, with its sunken pond and statues and straight paths and clipped hedges, but the sight of it did nothing to quiet en her thoughts.”
“She fell in love with the saloon, with the satinwood panels, with the little racks and cupboards, with the recording aneroid in springs.”
“There was a satinwood writing table under the window and a work-table in Japanese lacquer, very small and dainty.”
“Choice pieces of satinwood furniture, some inlaid with mother-of-pearl or gold, gleamed in the half-light.”
“The hull colors are bold, and cabins are decorated in satinwood and Japanese wood ($4.4 million to $4.6 million; www. azimutyachts.com).”
“‘And I can mix and lay flat tints,’ said Dan, who was a house painter, ‘and pick out mouldings, and grain in every kind of wood you can mention — oak, maple, walnut, satinwood, cherry-tree —’”
“We spent our winnings on satinwood paint for the new shelves and some dinky small paint rollers.”
“They stroked new satinwood surfaces of chests by Boulle and Cressent, hung fresh Gobelins on the wall, walked over bright Aubussons and Savoneries on newly laid floors.”
“There was Hepplewhite -- a simply superb set of dining chairs in satinwood with the fleur-de-lys splat that was Thomas's particular baby; there was Chippendale, in particular, a Gothic mahogany bookcase which held not books but as far as Mr. Purvis could tell an outstanding collection of Meissen porcelain; there was a Chippendale sideboard on which were placed, no scattered, all higgledy-piggledy, gewgaws and bibelots in gold and enamel.”
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