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The Collaborative Dictionary

Whitewood \White"wood`\, n. The soft and easily-worked wood of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). It is much used in cabinetwork, carriage building, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: Several other kinds of light-colored wood are called whitewood in various countries, as the wood of Bignonia leucoxylon in the West Indies, of Pittosporum bicolor in Tasmania, etc. [1913 Webster] Whitewood bark. See the Note under Canella. [1913 Webster]
Bass \Bass\, n. [A corruption of bast.]
(Bot.) The linden or lime tree, sometimes wrongly called whitewood; also, its bark, which is used for making mats. See Bast. [1913 Webster]
(Pron. ?) A hassock or thick mat. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whitewood n : light easily worked wood of a tulip tree; used for furniture and veneer [syn: tulipwood, true tulipwood, white poplar, yellow poplar]



  1. Any of several deciduous trees that are used for furniture, especially the tulip tree
  2. The wood of these trees
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