Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Chinese tree, Persea Nanmu.

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  • noun wood of the tree Phoebe nanmu (or several other similar) that was once used for boat building, architectural woodworking and wood art in China

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The complex restoration work of the "nanmu" (the now extinct "southern wood" loved by emperors) and the large murals-painted with traditional Chinese pigment paints-mainly involved craft techniques from southern China, working with bamboo used in intricate thread marquetry, embroidery and hand-printed wallpaper.

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  • It had a garden full of plants she had never seen: phoebe nanmu, papayas, and bananas, on grounds covered with green moss.

    Wild Swans

  • It had a garden full of plants she had never seen: phoebe nanmu, papayas, and bananas, on grounds covered with green moss.

    Wild Swans

  • It had a garden full of plants she had never seen: phoebe nanmu, papayas, and bananas, on grounds covered with green moss.

    WILD SWANS THREE DAUGHTERS OF CHINA

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