n.1.(Bot.) A tall tree (Simaruba amara) growing in tropical America. It is one of the trees which yields quassia.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In France we visited the forests in which the trees for cooperage wood are grown; the fendeurs who split the oak into the stavewood or merrains, the coopers, and the winemakers.
For example, the newly-cut stavewood is stacked outside to air-dry for a minimum of 18 months instead of the more expedient kiln or oven drying.