Sasswood definitions

săs'wo͝od'
A tropical African tree (Erythrophleum suaveolens) in the pea family, having bark that yields a poison and wood that is used for construction.
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Origin of sasswood

Alteration of earlier sassywood sassy sasswood as in sassy bark sasswood bark (of West African origin) (akin to Twi `ↄ-sésé plane tree) (Ewe séséwú timber tree) (and Ga (Niger-Congo language of Ghana) sèsè kind of tree) wood