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Any of several wood from trees of the genus Dalbergia. Rosewood timber has a reddish-purple color and produces a rose-like smell when cut. The wood has a fine grain, smooth texture, and polishes to a high gloss. Rosewood is used for cabinets, musical instruments, piano cases and veneer. It was popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

-Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra)

-East Indian rosewood or Bombay blackwood (Dalbergia latifolia)

-Honduras rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii)

Synonyms and Related Terms

jacaranda; East Indian rosewood (Bombay blackwood, Dalbergia latifolia); Honduras rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii); Brazilian rosewood (palisander, Rio rosewood, Bahia rosewood, Dalbergia nigra); Rosenholz (Deut.); bois de rose (Fr.); palissander (Ned.); shitan (Jap.); palisandro (Esp.); palissandro (It.)


Other Properties

Tree height = to 30m

Density 50-63 ppcf

Hazards and Safety

Contact may cause allergic rashes. Inhalation of dust may cause asthma

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 670
  • 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
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954
  • 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

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