Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The true laurel (Laurus nobilis).
  • n. The timber of the Jamaican tree Oreodaphne leucoxylon, or of various related trees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The true laurel (Laurus nobilis.)
  • n. The timber of the tree Oreodaphne Leucoxylon, growing in Jamaica. The name is also applied to the timber of several other related trees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of several chiefly laurineous trees and shrubs found in the West Indies and South America.

Etymologies

sweet +‎ wood (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His father had lacked the voice to lead the prayers or the strength to lift his candle, so in the end it had been Leferic who asked the Bright Lady to guide the dead to her ever-golden lands, and Leferic who touched his candle to the pyre, igniting the stack of oiled herbs and sweetwood beneath the empty coffins.

    THE RIVER KINGS’ ROAD

  • The time, however, passed agreeably in making excursions on the shore, where they found "good ground for corn and other garden herbs, with a great store of goodly oaks and walnut-trees, and chestnut-trees, ewe-trees and trees of sweetwood in great abundance, and great store of slate for houses, and other good stones"; or in receiving visits from the natives, who came on the ship in numbers.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11

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