• WordNet 3.6
    • n yellowwood any of various trees having yellowish wood or yielding a yellow extract
    • n yellowwood the yellow wood of any of various yellowwood trees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Yellowwood (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n yellowwood See polecat-tree.
    • n yellowwood Same as fustic.
    • n yellowwood Cladrastis tinctoria, the American or Kentucky yellow-wood, in cultivation commonly known as Virgilia lutea, also called gopher-wood and yellow ash. In the wild state it is a rare tree, found locally in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. It grows from 30 to 45 feet high, and bears pinnate leaves with seven to ten leaflets, and ample racemes of white pea-like flowers drooping from the ends of the branches. It is highly ornamental for both flowers and foliage. It has a hard yellow wood, which is used for fuel and to some extent for gun-stocks, and yields a clear yellow dye. For another American yellow-wood, see Schæfferia. The Osage orange, Maclura aurantiaca, of the same genus as the fustic, is sometimes so named, as is also the shrub-yellowroot, Xanthorrhiza apiifolia.
    • n yellowwood Same as white teak. See teak.
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In literature:

This is something of a problem, and sitting down with his back against a yellowwood-tree he proceeds to think it out.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford