Logwood

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Logwood

The heartwood of a tree (Haematoxylon Campechianum), a native of south America, It is a red, heavy wood, containing a crystalline substance called haematoxylin, and is used largely in dyeing. An extract from this wood is used in medicine as an astringent. Also called Campeachy wood, and bloodwood.

Origin: So called from being imported in logs.