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beefwood

Noun

1 a hard-wooded tropical tree yielding balata gum and heavy red timber [syn: balata, balata tree, bully tree, Manilkara bidentata]
2 any of several heavy hard reddish chiefly tropical woods of the families Casuarinaceae and Proteaceae; some used for cabinetwork
3 any of several Australian trees of the genus Casuarina yielding heavy hard red wood used in cabinetwork
4 tree or tall shrub with shiny leaves and umbels of fragrant creamy-white flowers; yields hard heavy reddish wood [syn: scrub beefwood, Stenocarpus salignus]
5 tree yielding hard heavy reddish wood [syn: Grevillea striata]

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Extensive Definition

Beefwood is the name given to a number of Australian trees which have timber with a red colouration resembling raw beef as follows:
Some Casuarinaceae species are also referred to as Beefwoods

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