Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several trees having yellow wood, especially Cladrastis kentukea in the pea family, native to the eastern United States, which has drooping clusters of white flowers and yields a yellow dye.
  • noun The wood of any of these trees.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See polecat-tree.
  • noun Same as fustic.
  • noun Cladrastis tinctoria, the American or Kentucky yellow-wood, in cultivation commonly known as Virgilia lutea, also called gopher-wood and yellow ash.
  • noun Same as white teak. See teak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The wood of any one of several different kinds of trees; also, any one of the trees themselves. Among the trees so called are the Cladrastis tinctoria, an American leguminous tree; the several species of prickly ash (Xanthoxylum); the Australian Flindersia Oxleyana, a tree related to the mahogany; certain South African species of Podocarpus, trees related to the yew; the East Indian Podocarpus latifolia; and the true satinwood (Chloroxylon Swietenia). All these Old World trees furnish valuable timber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the tree genus Cladrastis.
  • noun Flindersia xanthoxyla, a tall rainforest tree of Australia.
  • noun The osage orange tree.
  • noun Any of the conifer genus Podocarpus.
  • noun Sarcomelicope simplicifolia, a small rainforest tree of Australia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the yellow wood of any of various yellowwood trees
  • noun any of various trees having yellowish wood or yielding a yellow extract

Etymologies

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yellow +‎ wood

Examples

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  • Fall stroll with staff horticulturist Deanne Eversmeyer featuring native plants such as American serviceberry, American yellowwood, Virginia sweetspire, spicebush, fragrant sumac, native ferns and grasses. 10 a.m.

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  • Highland trees include peacock flower Albizzia gummifera, yellowwood Podocarpus latifolia, Hagenia abyssinica and sweet olive Olea chrysophylla.

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  • On the southern and southeastern slopes from 1,600 to 2,100 m the dominant lower montane forest species is camphorwood Ocotea usambarensis; from 2,100 to 2,40 0m the dominant middle montane forest species are camphorwood Ocotea usambarensis with yellowwood Podocarpus latifolius, a large evergreen, with the tree fern Cyathea manniana, sometimes growing to 7 m high.

    Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

  • The dominant forest tree species is the yellowwood Podocarpus latifolius.

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  • It was about thirty feet high and almost as wide and stood in a grove of yellowwood trees, through which the water and a mysterious, jungle-covered island, rising from the river in impenetrable walls of green, were visible.

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  • It was about thirty feet high and almost as wide and stood in a grove of yellowwood trees, through which the water and a mysterious, jungle-covered island, rising from the river in impenetrable walls of green, were visible.

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  • It features a 10,000-square-foot brick and yellowwood manor house, with 12 bedroom suites.

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

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  • We also remember even the lesser-known national symbols, such as the national flower, the protea, national animal, the springbok, national tree, the yellowwood, the national fish, the galjoen and the national bird, the blue crane.

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  • (n): Bot: Cladrastis kentuckea; Tall leguminous canopy tree of the undisturbed forests of the Atlantic states of the SE US, formerly known as C. lutea, presently scattered in disjunct populations in southern IL, IN, KY, western VI and NC, and southern MO and AS.

    January 11, 2009

  • Yellowwood St. Park near Bloomington, Indiana, has a few stately giant yellowwood trees left - the namesake of the state park is all but extirpated there. Don't know why.

    November 10, 2009