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bitterwood


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bitterwood  \Bit"ter*wood`\,  n. 
  A  West  Indian  tree  ({Picr[ae]na  excelsa})  from  the  wood  of 
  which  the  bitter  drug  Jamaica  quassia  is  obtained. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bitterwood 
  n  1:  handsome  South  American  shrub  or  small  tree  having  bright 
  scarlet  flowers  and  yielding  a  valuable  fine-grained 
  yellowish  wood;  yields  the  bitter  drug  quassia  from  its 
  wood  and  bark  [syn:  {quassia},  {Quassia  amara}] 
  2:  West  Indian  tree  yielding  the  drug  Jamaica  quassia  [syn:  {Jamaica 
  quassia},  {Picrasma  excelsa},  {Picrasma  excelsum}] 
  3:  medium  to  large  tree  of  tropical  North  and  South  America 
  having  odd-pinnate  leaves  and  long  panicles  of  small  pale 
  yellow  flowers  followed  by  scarlet  fruits  [syn:  {paradise 
  tree},  {Simarouba  glauca}] 




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