sappanwood

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sappanwood (uncountable)

  1. The wood of Caesalpinia sappan, a flowering tree in the legume family Fabaceae.
    • 2007, Nancy L. Canepa, translating Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales, Penguin 2007, p. 195:
      The dye I'm talking about is quite a different thing from indigo or sappanwood [translating verzino]; it's a dye that makes the color of myrtle appear like flesh to people!