American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A deciduous tree (Cladrastis lutea) of the southeast United States, having drooping clusters of white flowers and yellow wood yielding a yellow dye.
- n. The wood of this tree.
- n. Any of various trees having yellow wood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See polecat-tree.
- n. Same as fustic.
- n. Cladrastis tinctoria, the American or Kentucky yellow-wood, in cultivation commonly known as Virgilia lutea, also called gopher-wood and yellow ash. In the wild state it is a rare tree, found locally in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. It grows from 30 to 45 feet high, and bears pinnate leaves with seven to ten leaflets, and ample racemes of white pea-like flowers drooping from the ends of the branches. It is highly ornamental for both flowers and foliage. It has a hard yellow wood, which is used for fuel and to some extent for gun-stocks, and yields a clear yellow dye. For another American yellow-wood, see
Schæfferia. The Osage orange, Maclura aurantiaca, of the same genus as the fustic, is sometimes so named, as is also the shrub-yellowroot, Xanthorrhiza apiifolia.
- n. Same as white teak. See teak.
- n. Any of the tree genus Cladrastis.
- n. Flindersia xanthoxyla, a tall rainforest tree of Australia.
- n. The osage orange tree.
- n. Any of the conifer genus Podocarpus.
- n. Sarcomelicope simplicifolia, a small rainforest tree of Australia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The wood of any one of several different kinds of trees; also, any one of the trees themselves. Among the trees so called are the Cladrastis tinctoria, an American leguminous tree; the several species of prickly ash (Xanthoxylum); the Australian Flindersia Oxleyana, a tree related to the mahogany; certain South African species of Podocarpus, trees related to the yew; the East Indian Podocarpus latifolia; and the true satinwood (Chloroxylon Swietenia). All these Old World trees furnish valuable timber.
- n. the yellow wood of any of various yellowwood trees
- n. any of various trees having yellowish wood or yielding a yellow extract
- yellow + wood (Wiktionary)
“I have planted other native trees, such as yellowwood and butternut, an endangered tree.”
“Fall stroll with staff horticulturist Deanne Eversmeyer featuring native plants such as American serviceberry, American yellowwood, Virginia sweetspire, spicebush, fragrant sumac, native ferns and grasses. 10 a.m.”
“On the southern and southeastern slopes from 1,600 to 2,100 m the dominant lower montane forest species is camphorwood Ocotea usambarensis; from 2,100 to 2,40 0m the dominant middle montane forest species are camphorwood Ocotea usambarensis with yellowwood Podocarpus latifolius, a large evergreen, with the tree fern Cyathea manniana, sometimes growing to 7 m high.”
“Highland trees include peacock flower Albizzia gummifera, yellowwood Podocarpus latifolia, Hagenia abyssinica and sweet olive Olea chrysophylla.”
“The dominant forest tree species is the yellowwood Podocarpus latifolius.”
“It was about thirty feet high and almost as wide and stood in a grove of yellowwood trees, through which the water and a mysterious, jungle-covered island, rising from the river in impenetrable walls of green, were visible.”
“It features a 10,000-square-foot brick and yellowwood manor house, with 12 bedroom suites.”
“There were tall timber-trees — yellowwood, sneezewood, essenwood, stinkwood — and the ground was carpeted with thick grass and ferns.”
“We also remember even the lesser-known national symbols, such as the national flower, the protea, national animal, the springbok, national tree, the yellowwood, the national fish, the galjoen and the national bird, the blue crane.”
“Ntabakandoda and at the nearby afforestation site along with wild olive, yellowwood and pine seedlings.”
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