camwood n : small shrubby African tree with hard wood used as a dyewood yielding a red dye [syn: African sandalwood, Baphia nitida]
Camwood (Baphia nitida), also known as African sandalwood, is a shrubby, hard-wooded African tree. Its wood is commonly used to make a red dye. The earliest dye wood (Camwood) was from West Africa. The source of the dye, which is soluble in alkali, is the bark and heart of the tree.