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Definition of "whitewood" [white•wood]

  • Any of various deciduous trees such as the tulip tree, basswood, or cottonwood. (noun)
  • The soft, light-colored wood of any of these trees. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "whitewood" in a sentence
  • "Whenever he traveled between Tayouan and China he carried letters, and he continued polite diplomacy on behalf of the company. 33 Company officials knew he was also working for Chenggong, who, Tingbin told them, had entrusted him with money to buy war supplies — whitewood, feathers, cow jaws, and fish intestines — but they condoned this work "so long as [the weapons] be made there [in China] and not here.""
  • "Her figure, of medium height and broad build, with a tendency to embonpoint, was reflected by the mirror of her whitewood wardrobe, in a gown made under her own organization, of one of those half-tints, reminiscent of the distempered walls of corridors in large hotels."
  • "At the back, where the lowest stairs protruded into the room, the boy sat struggling with a knife and a piece of whitewood."