AskDefine | Define camwood

Dictionary Definition

camwood n : small shrubby African tree with hard wood used as a dyewood yielding a red dye [syn: African sandalwood, Baphia nitida]

Extensive Definition

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.
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