letterwood definition

  • noun:
    • The lumber associated with tree Brosimum aubletii, marked with black spots resembling hieroglyphics.
    • the wonderful and highly elastic lumber of a tree regarding the genus Brosimum (Brosimum Aubletii), present in Guiana; -- so named from black colored places inside it which bear some resemblance to hieroglyphics; also known as snakewood, and leopardwood. It is a great deal employed for bows and for walking sticks.
    • The heart-wood of the South American tree Brosimum Aubletii.

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