Definition of camwood in English:

camwood

Line breaks: cam|wood
Pronunciation: /ˈkamwʊd
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] The hard red timber of an African tree.
More example sentences
  • These examples were coated with sacrificial material, especially camwood.
  • The main imports from outside Bamenda are camwood; a little tobacco from the French Cameroons and Nigeria; kamwa or rock salt from Nigeria; and Hausa cloth.
2Either of two trees of the pea family which yield camwood timber.
  • Baphia nitida and (now usually) Pterocarpus soyauxii (the African padouk), family Leguminosae
More example sentences
  • Indigo plants are used for deep blue dyes, while reddish brown dyes are extracted from cola nuts, the camwood tree, and the redwood tree.
  • Many of Africa's rarest trees, such as mahogany, ironwood, camwood and mimosup, grow in this forest, that is connected to a larger forest area in neighbouring Cameroon.

Origin

late 17th century: probably from Temne k'am + wood.

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