from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Brosimum guianense, an Amazonian tree having hard, speckled wood that resembles snakeskin; used in musical instruments
- n. Acacia xiphophylla, an Australian tree with curving, snake-like limbs
- n. Any of various North American shrubs of the genus Colubrina, often specifically Colubrina texensis
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An East Indian climbing plant (Strychnos colubrina) having a bitter taste, and supposed to be a remedy for the bite of the hooded serpent.
- n. An East Indian climbing shrub (Ophioxylon serpentinum) which has the roots and stems twisted so as to resemble serpents.
- n. Same as trumpetwood.
- n. A tropical American shrub (Plumieria rubra) which has very fragrant red blossoms.
- n. Same as letterwood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In India, the bitter root and wood of Strychnos colubrina, also that of S. Nux-vomica, which is esteemed a cure for snake-poison, and is also employed as a tonic remedy in dyspepsia, etc. See nux vomica, 2.
- n. The leopard- or letter-wood, Brosimum Aubletii: so called from the markings on the wood. See letter-wood.
- n. A small West Indian tree, Colubrina ferruginosa of the Rhamnaceæ: named apparently from the twisted grain of the wood.
- n. The trumpet-tree, Cecropia peltata, or sometimes the genus.
- n. Sometimes, same as serpentwood.
- n. The red nosegay-tree, Plumeria rubra.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tropical American tree with large peltate leaves and hollow stems
- n. East Indian climbing shrub with twisted limbs and roots resembling serpents
She found a nice piece I could get her, and we found me an astonishing walking stick: it's this snakewood, with silver filigree wire twists covering the entire ball handle and a small onyx inset.
They buy snakewood [_palo serpentino_],  brought from Ceylan
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There is no doubt at all in my mind that it was Mr. Cole, for not only did I see his face, but he carried the snakewood cane which he always affects.
He was well, but neatly, dressed, and had hooked to his wrist a thin snakewood cane attached to a crook handle.
So he swung round his cane of heavy snakewood at the cow, and struck her poor horns so sharply that her head went round.
_Strychnos_ are considered infallible remedies for snake bites; hence are known as snakewood.
"In this one piece, I've got burl, kingwood, three different ebonies, snakewood, and pink ivory - two of the rarest woods in the world."
Now imagine the look of it with ebony knobs, or even better, snakewood, which has that "tortoise" look to it.
Stewmac sell Waverly guitar machines and knobs, but unfortunately not snakewood mandolin knobs.
More rare species, including snakewood, wamara, marblewood, and itikiboroballi that boast incredible physical properties can sit idle in lumber yards.