Meaning of logwood in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɒɡwʊd/


  • A spiny Caribbean tree of the pea family, the dark heartwood of which yields haematoxylin and other dyes.

    Haematoxylon campechianum, family Leguminosae

    ‘The early settlers were attracted by the logwood, from which was extracted dyes used by the Lancashire cotton industry.’
    • ‘On land, they plundered logwood, a tree used to produce a dye used in the woolen industry.’
    • ‘The region was a habitat for logwood, a species of small tree found in parts of the southwestern Caribbean that was most commonly used to make a black dye.’
    • ‘Mahogany cutting and removal were dramatically more labor-intensive than logwood.’
    • ‘Some of the early privateers settled in these waterlogged plains, cutting and selling logwood as a means to generating wealth.’
    • ‘There was a group of men that went to the logwoods, sawing the trees and loading them onto trucks.’
    • ‘The many disputes and difficulties that arose over the rights of growing and cutting logwood are a matter of history.’