from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tree (Caesalpina sappan) of tropical Asia, having wood that yields a red dye.
- n. The wood of this tree.
Malay sapang + wood1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
By the early modern period, Siam was a major source for sappanwood and pepper in the Chinese trading network.