from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of certain trees of the genus Dahlbergia in the pea family, especially D. retusa of Central America and Mexico.
  • n. The hard durable wood of such a tree, deep orange-red with black streaking or mottling, used for small specialty items such as knife handles.

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  • n. An oily tropical hardwood from Central America.
  • n. An old South American coin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A very beautiful and hard wood, obtained in the West India Islands. It is used in cabinetmaking, for the handles of tools, and for various fancy articles.

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  • n. a valuable timber tree of tropical South America


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Spanish, from Arawak kakabali.


  • Call The seven-way Iverson Combination Whistle in cocobolo or African blackwood is as elegant as the pintail drake itself.

    Field Guide: Know Your Waterfowl

  • In my pocket, a Queen Cutlery Small Game Bird Knife with cocobolo scales and D2 blade.

    Pocket Knives: I know we all have a bunch, but whats in your pocket right now?

  • Gerber's Gator S30V B&C is my current favorite hunting blade, but I pine for a Dozier, with his D2 blade and cocobolo scales.

    whats your favorite knife?

  • I love the look and feel of wood, especially cocobolo or ebony, but on a hard use knife it is hard to beat G-10 scales.

    which do you like the best for knife handles, synthetic, bone, wood or antler?

  • The Mark III Hunter has the same guts as the original but comes in stainless steel with a heavy, fluted 6 7/8-inch barrel, adjustable sights and a scope-mount adapter, a 10-round magazine, and half-checkered cocobolo grips.

    David E.

  • Great Plains 'Plainsman Longbow, with reflex-deflex design, cocobolo risers, and red cedar and elm limbs, is efficient and beautiful.

    Great Plains' Plainsman Longbow

  • You can take your indiscriminate inheritance of Victorian rosewood of Eastlake walnut and cocobolo, your pickle-and-plum colored Morris furniture, and make a civilized interior by placing it right, and putting detail at the right points.

    The House in Good Taste

  • They're paying for exotic woods - ebony, cocobolo, bocote - and intricate inlays of turquoise, ivory and still more costly materials.

  • This five-room B&B comes with locally crafted cocobolo furniture and a wraparound veranda overlooking Pedasí's main street.

  • Here, rolling farmlands and stands of mahogany and cocobolo trees hug an azure coastline, luring surfers, nature buffs, and, increasingly, travelers and second-home owners from all over.


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  • "Woods with an oily content, such as cocobolo, can achieve better gluing strength by wiping the surface of both pieces being glued with acetone first. After the acetone has dried, the piece is glued as normal."

    February 16, 2016