1827T. PhilippsScenes & Occurrences 79Furniture here, I am told, is generally made from sneeze wood, which admits a very high polish.
1834T. PringleAfr. Sketches 219A saffron-coloured timber, called sneeze-wood, from the effect of its pungent scent when newly cut.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 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.
1887S.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.
1897S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner inF. GoldieOstrich 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.
1910A.B. LamontRural Reader 261Sneezewood is one of the hardest of trees, and grows to a great height.
c1936S. & 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.
1961Palmer & PitmanTrees of S. Afr. 281Sneezewood, This remarkable wood is widely known for its almost imperishable properties as timber.
1971Grocott’s Mail 27 July 2Sneezewood is too hard for nails, so the steps..are kept in place by pegs.
1981J.B. PeiresHouse 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.
1990Weekend Post 11 Aug. (Leisure) 4Africa’s contribution lies in its ferns and indigenous woods, among them yellowwood..sneezewood and wild lemon.
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