• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barwood A red wood of a leguminous tree (Baphia nitida), from Angola and the Gabon in Africa. It is used as a dyewood, and also for ramrods, violin bows and turner's work.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barwood A red dyewood obtained from Sierra Leone and Angola, Africa. It is the product of the tree Baphia nitida, and is found in commerce as a rough red powder, produced by rasping the logs. Its coloring matter is insoluble in water, but yields about 23 per cent, to alcoholic infusion. It is used for dyeing cotton yarns the brilliant orange-red known as mock Turkey red or barwood red.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Barwood a kind of red dye-wood imported from Africa in bars
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. barre—Low L. barra, perh. of Celt. origin.


In literature:

Barwood was of a speculative turn of mind, and had also by nature a strong leaning towards whatever was curious and out of the common.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 1" by Various
SAPPAN WOOD, Camwood and Barwood.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Barwood, 18, 156, 178.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
The traffic consists chiefly of ivory, barwood (a wood much used in dyeing), and indiarubber.
"The Gorilla Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Instead of logwood a little madder is sometimes used; also Cudbear or Barwood.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet

In news:

Death Comes to the Adirondacks, by Aileen Vincent-Barwood.