English Edit

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Etymology Edit

sappan +‎ wood

Noun Edit

sappanwood (uncountable)

  1. Wood of Biancaea sappan (syn. Caesalpinia sappan), a flowering tree in the legume family Fabaceae.
    • 2007, Giambattista Basile, translated by Nancy L. Canepa, Tale of Tales, Penguin, page 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!

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