PARTRIDGE-WOOD is the produce of the Brazils, and the West Indian Islands; it to sent in large planks, or in round and square logs, called from their tints red, brown, and black, and also sweet partridge; the wood is close, heavy, and generally straight in the grain. The colours are variously mingled, and most frequently disposed in fine hair-streaks of two or three shades, which in some of the curly specimens cut plankways resemble the feathers of the bird; other varieties are called pheasant-wood. The partridge woods are very porous; cut horizontally the annual rings appear almost as two distinct layers, the one hard woody fibre, the other a much softer substance thickly interspersed with pores: this circumstance gives rise to its peculiar figure, which often resembles that of the palm-tree woods. Partridge-wood was formerly employed in the Brazils for ship-building, and is also known in our dock-yards as Cabbage-wood: the red-coloured variety is called Angelim and Cangelim in the Brazils, and Yava in Cuba: a specimen in one of the collections at the Admiralty is marked "Bastard Cabbage-wood,"Andria inermes.
It is now principally used for walking-sticks, umbrella and parasol sticks, and in cabinet-work and turning; the ladies have patronised it also for fans.
The partridge-wood imported from the West Indies to yielded by Heisteria coccinea. The wood of several trees to no doubt included under this name.