bitterwood tree

Definitions of bitterwood tree
  1. noun
    any of various trees or shrubs of the family Simaroubaceae having wood and bark with a bitter taste
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    Simarouba amara, marupa
    tree of the Amazon valley yielding a light brittle timber locally regarded as resistant to insect attack
    Simarouba glauca, bitterwood, paradise tree
    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
    Jamaica quassia, Picrasma excelsa, Picrasma excelsum, bitterwood
    West Indian tree yielding the drug Jamaica quassia
    Quassia amara, bitterwood, quassia
    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
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    a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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