from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A southern African deciduous tree (Ocotea bullata) having wood with an unpleasant odor.
  • n. The hard, heavy wood of this tree, used in cabinetwork.
  • n. Any of several trees having wood with an unpleasant odor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several unrelated trees whose wood has an unpleasant smell, but especially Ocotea bullata, a south African tree yielding hard, heavy wood

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given to several kinds of wood with an unpleasant smell, as that of the Fœtidia Mauritiana of the Mauritius, and that of the South African Ocotea bullata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several trees with fetid wood.


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  • Approximately 40% of the forest is medium-rich to rich mixed forest, including key species such as red stinkwood Prunus africana, nationally threatened Newtonia buchanani, Symphonia globulifera, Chrysophyllum pruniforme, Podocarpus spp. and Strombosia scheffleri.

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

  • Lower down are unspoilt well watered wooded valleys containing a variety of microhabitats and trees such as white stinkwood Celtis africana, wild peach Kiggelaria africana, tree fuchsia Halleria lucida, sagewood Buddleja salvifolia and orange thorn Cassinopsis ilicifolia.

    Vredefort Dome, South Africa

  • There were tall timber-trees — yellowwood, sneezewood, essenwood, stinkwood — and the ground was carpeted with thick grass and ferns.

    Prester John

  • We took a path up the Berg among groves of stinkwood and essenwood, where a failing stream made an easy route.

    Prester John

  • Sticks of stinkwood mixed in with our regular firewood drove us out of the room another evening.

    Shaman's Crossing

  • The trophy awarded to Mr Mandela had been made of yellowwood and stinkwood.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He looked at her across the polished stinkwood breakfast table with its encrustation of - H silver and exquisite bone china, and he sighed again.

    The Sound of Thunder

  • Max went to the stinkwood desk which filled one corner of the room and picked up a sheaf of papers.

    When the Lion Feeds

  • The plan was for a modest little four-room building, but it finally expanded to two stories, stinkwood floors, oak panelling and twenty rooms.

    When the Lion Feeds

  • He saw Max take two quicksteps to the stinkwood desk in the corner, pull open the top drawer and drop his hand into it.

    When the Lion Feeds


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