from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tropical South American tree (Nectandra Rodiœi), the bark of which yields the alkaloid bebeerine, and the wood of which is known as green heart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tree of British Guiana, Nectandra Rodiæi, natural order Lauraceæ, the timber of which is known to wood-merchants by the name of greenheart, and is largely imported into England for the building of ships and submarine structures, being remarkably hard and durable, and not subject to injury from the ship-worm (Teredo navalis). Its bark contains bebeerin, and is used as a febrifuge.


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