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A durable and elastic wood obtained from several tropical American trees, especially, Oxandra lanceolata, Guatteria virgata and Calycophyllum candidissimum. The hard wood has an smooth close grain. Its elasticity has made it useful for making bows, fishing rods, billiard cues, and tool handles. Lancewood is also used for carriage shafts, wheel spokes, and cabinetry.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Oxandra lanceolata; Guatteria virgata; Calycophyllum candidissimum; yaya; degami wood

Lancewood tree (in center)
Density 5265 ppcf

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 436
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998