bitterwood definition

  • noun:
    • quassia
    • A West Indian tree (Picræna excelsa) from timber of which the bitter drug Jamaica quassia is acquired.
    • The timber of Xylopia glabra, and other types of exactly the same genus. All are mentioned the extreme bitterness of the wood.
    • A name put on the quassia forests of trade, the West Indian Picræna excelsa in addition to Surinam Quassia amara. See quassia.
    • method to large tree of exotic North and south usa having odd-pinnate leaves and lengthy panicles of small pale-yellow plants followed closely by scarlet fruits
    • western Indian tree yielding the drug Jamaica quassia
    • good looking South American shrub or tiny tree having bright scarlet plants and yielding a very important fine-grained yellowish wood; yields the sour medication quassia from the lumber and bark

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