The wood of a tree of the same name, a native of Central America and the West Indies. It is a beautiful tree, from 80 to 100 feet high, the trunk being often 5 feet in circumference. The wood is heavy, hard, close-grained, of a reddish-brown color, and susceptible of a brilliant polish. It is used in the making of furniture, and for the inside woodwork of railway cars, sometime solid, but more often as a veneer, or thin layer glued on inferior wood. The wood varies much in value according to the color and beauty of its veins.