from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A hard, highly polishable composition, made of fine sawdust from hard wood (as rosewood) mixed with blood, and pressed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In com., an artificial hard wood made of a paste of blood and the sawdust of mahogany, ebony, and other fine-grained woods, molded into various forms. When hardened it takes a high polish.
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