What does bitterwood mean?

bitterwood meaning in General Dictionary

A West Indian tree Picraeligna excelsa from the timber of which the sour drug Jamaica quassia is acquired

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  • western Indian tree yielding the medicine Jamaica quassia
  • good looking Southern United states shrub or tiny tree having bright scarlet flowers and producing a valuable fine-grained yellowish timber; yields the bitter drug quassia from the timber and bark
  • medium to large tree of tropical North and south usa having odd-pinnate leaves and long panicles of little pale yellow plants followed closely by scarlet fresh fruits
  • A West Indian tree (Picraena excelsa) from the lumber of that the sour medicine Jamaica quassia is acquired.

bitterwood meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A West Indian tree (Picraena excelsa) from the wood which the bitter medicine Jamaica quassia is obtained.