• WordNet 3.6
    • n Dalbergia large genus of tropical trees having pinnate leaves and paniculate flowers and cultivated commercially for their dramatically grained and colored timbers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dalbergia A large genus of fine tropical forest-trees and climbing shrubs, natural order Leguminosæ, some species of which yield most excellent timber. D. latifolia, the blackwood, or East Indian rosewood, is a magnificent tree, furnishing one of the most valuable furniture-woods, and is largely used for carving and ornamental work. D. Sissoo, which is much planted as an avenue-tree throughout India, gives a hard durable wood, called sissoo or sissum, which, besides its use in house-building, is much employed in India for railway-sleepers and as crooked timbers and knees in ship-building. The best rosewoods of Brazil and Central America are afforded by species of this genus, which, however, are very imperfectly known.
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In literature:

Dalbergia bracteata, first appears, on low hills about Chattuc; there is also a Grimmia here on the river banks.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith