Definition of cocobolo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkōkōˈbōlō/

noun (plural cocobolos)

A tropical American tree with hard, reddish timber that is used chiefly to make cutlery handles.
  • Dalbergia retusa, family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • The hardwoods he mentions - box and cocoa - are probably short for boxwood and cocobolo.
  • A call to a friend brought forth a pair of his checkered grips of cocobolo, which really sets off the rifle to perfection.


Mid 19th century: via Spanish from Arawak kakabali.

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Syllabification: co·co·bo·lo

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