1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 169Stink-hout (Stink-wood)..is used for making writing-desks and chests of drawers.
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.II. 110Of the Stinkhout there are two sorts, the white and the brown.
1798S.H. Wilcocketr. ofJ.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. IndiesII. 79Stinkhout, or stinkwood, which is a beautiful brown wood, like walnuttree-wood; household furniture of all kinds is made of it; it is susceptible of the finest polish.
1809J. Mackrill Diary. 58Stink hout, like the Walnut tree.
[1812A. Plumptretr. ofH. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 188Large oaks, sumachs, and a tree that is called here Stinkholz called by Thunberg ilex crocea, but it seems not yet systematically classed.]
1834T. PringleAfr. Sketches 219I observed..iron-wood, stinkhout (laurus bullata),..and many other woods prized for their useful qualities.
1847J. BarrowAutobiog. Memoir 162Stink-hout takes its name from an offensive odour which it exhales while green.
1887S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 128‘How many stinkhout trees of three feet diameter have you?’ Not a man in the colony can tell whether there are a thousand or a hundred thousand.
1986Sunday Times 7 Sept. 7The sexual antics of the Matie lovers in the sanctimonious privacy of the ‘stinkhout ossewa’.
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