Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An American shrub (Lindera benzoin), whose bark has a spicy taste and odour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An American shrub (Lindera Benzoin), the bark of which has a spicy taste and odor; -- called also Benjamin, wild allspice, and fever bush.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as spice-bush.

Etymologies

spice +‎ wood (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Silver and iron from Eddensea south to Bakta for sugar and rum, then to Far Galt for cedar and spicewood and back to Eddensea.

    A Shadow in Summer

  • The Cumberlands were covered with rich undergrowth of the red and white rhododendron, the delicate laurel, the mountain ivy, the flameazalea, the spicewood, and the cane; while the white stars of the dogwood and the carmine blossoms of the red-bud, strewn across the verdant background of the forest, gleamed in the eager air of spring.

    The Conquest of the Old Southwest; the romantic story of the early pioneers into Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky, 1740-1790

  • In the pioneer days of the great west, coffee and tea were hard to get; and, instead of them, teas were often made from garden herbs, spicewood, sassafras-roots, and other shrubs, taken from the thickets [89].

    All About Coffee

  • We had tea of everything — blackberry, raspberry and sage leaves, sassafras and spicewood; but the wild crossvine, whose pretty stem the children often smoked, furnished from its leaves the very best, resembling in a great measure the real Japan tea; but

    A southern woman's war time reminiscences,

  • It worked like a charm; the spicewood boughs not only added to the brightness of the scene but filled the whole house with the

    The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln

  • While out gathering sticks and cutting wood for the big fireplace, a happy thought came to him -- he would cut off some spicewood branches, hack them up on a log, and secrete them behind the cabin.

    The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln

  • While the father and sister were delighted with the crackle, sparkle and pleasant aroma of the bits of spicewood, as Abe tossed them upon the fire, no one could appreciate the thoughtful act of the boy so much as his mother.

    The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln

  • Knowing its urgency, they left the spicewood and swept down with the helping band.

    The Border Watch A Story of the Great Chief's Last Stand

  • “I see a buck's head!” cried Joe, looking down the dell, where the object he mentioned was distinctly observable amid a cluster of spicewood bushes, whence a slight jingling sound proceeded as the animal plucked the nutritious buds bent down by the innumerable icicles.

    Wild Western Scenes

  • Every grateful shrub and bit of sod, the pawpaw leaves and spicewood stems, the half-formed hazel-nuts in fluted sheaths, and even new hay-stacks in the meadows, breathed out their best to the rain.

    Old Caravan Days

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