stinking wood, noun phrase

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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch stinkhout (see stinkhout).
obs.
stinkwood sense a.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. I. 211They might..cut down a certain tree, called stinking wood, and export it to Europe, where it would undoubtedly soon be preferred to every other kind employed by cabinet-makers.
1804 R. Percival Acct of Cape of G.H. 148The stink hout or stinking wood is so called from its offensive smell when cut green; but when well seasoned is reckoned the best for building at the Cape.
1810 G. Barrington Acct of Voy. 326Stinkhout, or stinking wood, takes its name from an offensive excrementitious odour, that it exhales while green.
a1823 J. Ewart Jrnl (1970) 63The stink or stinking wood, so called from an unpleasant smell it emitts when green.., being very hard, and close grain’d, is used for furniture, implements of farming, &c.
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