from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various trees, especially Oxandra lanceolata of the West Indies, which has hard elastic wood formerly used for bows, carriage shafts, and fishing rods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name of several trees and of their wood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A tough, elastic wood, often used for the shafts of gigs, archery bows, fishing rods, and the like. Also, the tree which produces this wood, Duguetia Quitarensis (a native of Guiana and Cuba), and several other trees of the same family (Anonaseæ).
  • noun a myrtaceous tree (Backhousia Australis).

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  • noun A tough, elastic and heavy wood obtained from the West Indies and Guiana, formerly much used for carriage shafts.

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  • noun durable straight-grained wood of the lacewood tree; used for building and cabinetwork and tools
  • noun source of most of the lancewood of commerce


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  • Increased incidence of extensive hot fires may also be leading to the reduction of lancewood-bullwaddy environments.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna 2008

  • Variation in vertebrate species composition across the environmental range occupied by lancewood vegetation in the Northern Territory.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna 2008

  • The ecoregion includes the most extensive stands of lancewood-bullwaddy found in Australia, but this is generally a fairly depauperate environment.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna 2008

  • Dominant vegetation is eucalypt woodland with a grassy understory, although lancewood (Acacia shirleyi) and bullwaddy (Macropteranthes keckwickii) vegetation harbors rainforest elements, and small pockets of mesic vegetation are found throughout the ecoregion, in riparian strips and in sheltered gorges of the Bungle Bungles.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna 2008

  • The rainforest element is so pronounced that Russell-Smith considered lancewood vegetation to be one of the 16 rainforest types in the Northern Territory.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna 2008

  • The relatively dense vegetation cover provided by the lancewood-bullwaddy canopy results in a sparse grass cover, while the extensive canopy cover and infrequency of fire provides an environment which supports forbs, small shrubs and vines with rainforest affinities.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna 2008

  • The mammal fauna includes unusually abundant populations of the spectacled hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes conspicillatus), especially in the lancewood-bullwaddy thickets, and the northern nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea unguifera), especially in grasslands and open woodlands along the margins between black-soil plains and red loamy soils.

    Victoria Plains tropical savanna 2008

  • In the Kynuna-Winton area of Queensland, mesas formed by resistant tertiary duricrusts are vegetated by stands of lancewood (Acacia shirleyi) and low eucalypt communities with a spinifex (Triodia spp.) groundcover.

    Mitchell grass downs 2007

  • The habitat types within these reserves range from eucalypt woodland, chenopod shrubland, bluebush, lancewood, gidgee, and grasslands to Acacia woodlands.

    Mitchell grass downs 2007

  • Within a hundred yards the banks are thickly wooded with tall mulga and lancewood scrub; but to the east is open gum forest, splendidly grassed.

    The Journals of John McDouall Stuart 2007


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