from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The wood of Chloroxylon Swietenia, of the order Meliaceæ; also, the tree itself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)