from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Wood used for making bows; timber suitable for bows.
  • noun The Osage orange, Maclura aurantiaca, of the Mississippi valley. Its very strong and elastic wood was much used by the Indians for their bows. See Maclura.


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  • (_gleditschias_), with their pretty pinnate leaves, and long purple-brown legumes; the Virginian lotus, with its oval amber-coloured drupes, and the singular bow-wood tree (_madura_), with its large orange-like pericarps, reminding one of the _flora_ of the tropics.

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