satinwood

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n satinwood East Indian tree with valuable hard lustrous yellowish wood;
    • n satinwood hard yellowish wood of a satinwood tree having a satiny luster; used for fine cabinetwork and tools
    • n satinwood West Indian tree with smooth lustrous and slightly oily wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Satinwood (Bot) The hard, lemon-colored, fragrant wood of an East Indian tree (Chloroxylon Swietenia). It takes a lustrous finish, and is used in cabinetwork. The name is also given to the wood of a species of prickly ash (Xanthoxylum Caribæum) growing in Florida and the West Indies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n satinwood The wood of Chloroxylon Swietenia, of the order Meliaceæ; also, the tree itself. The tree is a native of southern India and Ceylon, of moderate size, bearing long pinnate deciduous leaves and large branching panicles of small whitish flowers. The heart-wood is of a yellowish color and fine satiny luster, hard, heavy, and durable. It is used in India for furniture, agricultural implements, etc., but in western countries is used only for cabinet-work, backs of brushes, turnery, etc. Another East Indian satinwood is furnished by Maba buxifolia. Bahama satinwood, a fine article entering commerce, is attributed to some ebenaceous tree, perhaps a Maba. Xanthoxylum Caribæum of Florida and the West Indies is another satinwood, a small tree with extremely hard, fine-grained wood, susceptible of a beautiful polish. There is also a Tasmanian satin-wood, the source of which is botanically unknown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Satinwood a beautiful ornamental wood from East and West Indies, having a smooth, satiny texture
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. satin (It. setino)—Low. L. setinus, adj.—L. seta, hair.

Usage

In literature:

There the satinwood book-case filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Another room displayed a margin of satinwood around the carpet.
"Hans Brinker" by Mary Mapes Dodge
In her hand she carried a small fan, a fragile toy of lace and satinwood.
"The Toys of Peace" by Saki
Meantime the old chambermaid opened a satinwood door with silver lock.
"Other People's Money" by Emile Gaboriau
The colouring, white, ebony, and satinwood, looked nicer even than she had hoped.
"Beyond" by John Galsworthy
He noted mechanically that all was still silvery, and that the upright piano was of satinwood.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume II." by John Galsworthy
It was panelled in polished satinwood to a height of about five feet.
"The Days Before Yesterday" by Lord Frederick Hamilton
He noted mechanically that all was still silvery, and that the upright piano was of satinwood.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
She saw herself sitting safely and cosily in a stateroom, all panelled satinwood and green velvet.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Haven't you been in rooms where there was a jumble of mission furniture, satinwood, fine old mahogany and gilt-legged chairs?
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
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In news:

This wooden box has an inlay pattern that includes rosewood, satinwood and mahogany.
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