Definition of Purpleheart

1. n. A strong, durable, and elastic wood of a purplish color, obtained from several tropical American leguminous trees of the genus Copaifera (Copaifera pubiflora, Copaifera bracteata, and Copaifera officinalis). Used for decorative veneering. See Copaiba.

Definition of Purpleheart

1. Noun. A large tropical tree, of the genus ''Peltogyne'', native to parts of South America and the West Indies ¹

2. Noun. The purplish heartwood of this tree, used to make furniture ¹

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Definition of Purpleheart

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Purpleheart

purple sage
purple sandpiper
purple sanicle
purple saxifrage
purple silkweed
purple state
purple strawberry guava
purple swamphen
purple swamphens
purple trillium
purple velvet plant
purple virgin's bower
purple willow
purple yam
purpleheart (current term)
purplish blue
purplish pink

Literary usage of Purpleheart

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1. Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue by Robert Ellis, Great Britain Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, London Great exhibition of the works of industry of all nations, 1851 (1851)
"The specimens sent are from a tree supposed to be about 50 years old.] BUCHANAN, A. 86, 86a purpleheart, transverse and vertical sections, ..."

2. Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Great Exhibition of by Great Exhibition (1851)
"BUCHANAN, A. 86, R6<i purpleheart, transverso and vertical ... [Like the greenheart, the purpleheart tree of Demorara belongs to the natural order ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"purpleheart has been exported from British Guiana and neighboring islands. 11. Balsamo; Balsamo de Tolu (Colombia) ; Oleo or Cabreuva (Brazil) ; Incienso ..."

4. The Timbers of Commerce and Their Identification by Herbert Stone (1904)
"purpleheart. Copaifera sp. PLATE VI. FIG. 47. Natural Order. Leguminoseae. Synonyms. See No. ... Difficult to distinguish from Deme- rara purpleheart also. ..."

5. Timehri: The Journal of the Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society of by Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society of British Guiana (1897)
"We have inspected the goods and report as follows : — to Logs purpleheart- — These are a very fair lot, but some of them should have been made more square. ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute by Royal Empire Society, London (1874)
"He would also like to ascertain whether the Greenheart and purpleheart were rapidly-growing trees. The Crown might have the foresight to replant districts, ..."

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