Definition of cocobolo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkōkōˈbōlō/ /ˌkoʊkoʊˈboʊloʊ/


  • A tropical American tree with hard reddish timber that is used to make cutlery handles.

    Dalbergia retusa, family Leguminosae

    ‘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.