sneezewood, noun

Forms:
sneesewood, sneeswoodShow more Also sneesewood, sneeswood, sneize wood.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch nieshout, see nieshout; see also quotation 1853.
The exceptionally hard and durable timber of the tree Ptaeroxylon obliquum of the Ptaeroxylaceae; this tree; nieshout. Also attributive.
1823 J. Ayliff Journal. 18We found a good supply of dry sneesewood.
1827 T. Philipps Scenes & Occurrences 79Furniture here, I am told, is generally made from sneeze wood, which admits a very high polish.
1834 T. Pringle Afr. Sketches 219A saffron-coloured timber, called sneeze-wood, from the effect of its pungent scent when newly cut.
1853 F.P. Fleming Kaffraria 36The Iron-wood (Sideroxylon) is also much used, and likewise the Sneeze-wood, locally so-called, from the pungent perfume of the sawdust, similar to that of strong snuff.
1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 352The Sneeze-wood is a very hard and durable timber, excellent for piles, sleepers, lintels, and other engineering purposes where strength and lasting properties are required.
1897 S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner in F. Goldie Ostrich Country (1968) 16I have seen an ostrich, at great speed, run against a sneeze-wood pole..four inches in diameter at its thinnest end, which was broken off just where it emerged from the ground.
1910 A.B. Lamont Rural Reader 261Sneezewood is one of the hardest of trees, and grows to a great height.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 320The valuable Stinkwood..occurs rarely in the forests of the Eastern Province, while the latter contain much Sneezewood (Ptaeroxylon utile), one of the most durable timbers known.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 281Sneezewood, This remarkable wood is widely known for its almost imperishable properties as timber.
1971 Grocott’s Mail 27 July 2Sneezewood is too hard for nails, so the steps..are kept in place by pegs.
1981 J.B. Peires House of Phalo 6Well-trodden footpaths guided him through dense woods of mimosa trees, punctuated with..sneezewood, the toughest of them all, which was hardened in fire to provide a substitute for iron.
1990 Weekend Post 11 Aug. (Leisure) 4Africa’s contribution lies in its ferns and indigenous woods, among them yellowwood..sneezewood and wild lemon.
The exceptionally hard and durable timber of the tree Ptaeroxylon obliquum of the Ptaeroxylaceae; this tree; nieshout. Also attributive.
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