from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Wood or timber from wrecked vessels.


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  • The naked spots of the two islands are hideous in their sterility: melancholy bits of wreck-wood their only relief, save for one or two grotesque beacons, and, most bizarre of all, a great church-tower, standing actually in the water, on the north side of Wangeroog, a striking witness to the encroachment of the sea.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • The squalid building, partly constructed of wreck-wood, could scarce house the party.

    Henry Fielding: a Memoir

  • The squalid building, partly constructed of wreck-wood, could scarce house the party.

    Henry Fielding A Memoir

  • I blew a little upon the mist, so that one could see the hut; it was a house built of wreck-wood and covered with walrus-skins—the fleshy side turned outwards.

    The Garden of Paradise

  • Mr. Raymond stared at the embers of wreck-wood on the hearth.

    The Ship of Stars

  • I set them down as they were told me, across the blue glow of a wreck-wood fire, by

    I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales

  • But the wreck-wood came from their own ship, the _J.

    Old Fires and Profitable Ghosts

  • Half-way between Orkney and Shetland, there lies a certain isle; on the one hand the Atlantic, on the other the North Sea, bombard its pillared cliffs; sore-eyed, short-living, inbred fishers and their families herd in its few huts; in the graveyard pieces of wreck-wood stand for monuments; there is nowhere a more inhospitable spot.

    Across the Plains: With Other Memories and Essays

  • It seems there was a ship lost in those parts; and the next day a gentleman of my family was seeking wreck-wood for his fire along the sands, when he came upon a lad that was half drowned.

    Kidnapped: The Adventures of David Balfour

  • So said Ned Anger as he entered the snug bar-parlour of the "Anchor" at Brightlingsea, and drawing a chair close up to the blazing fire of wreck-wood which roared up the ample chimney, flung himself heavily down thereon to await the arrival of the "pint" which he had ordered as he passed the bar.

    The Pirate Island A Story of the South Pacific


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