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1. Any of several tropical American trees of the genus Peltogyne of the pea family, having very hard, durable brown wood that turns a purple color on exposure.
2. The purplish heartwood of any of these trees, used in furniture, turnery, and decorative work.
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Pur′ple Heart′

a medal awarded U.S. service personnel for wounds received in action against an enemy.
[1930–35, Amer.]


(ˈpɜr pəlˌhɑrt)

the hard purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making furniture.
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It's easy to understand why: Guyana's forests have desirable hardwoods, such as greenheart, purpleheart, and wamara, a substitute for rosewood that has been overharvested elsewhere.
Amerindian complaints about the destructive nature of uncontrolled forest harvesting were documented from 1815 onwards and may have been directed primarily at the selective felling of purpleheart (Peltogyne venosa) and crabwood (Carapa guianensis) trees (Menezes 1988, 355).
Westermann sometimes stamped or inscribed details regarding materials in the lids of boxes (HANDLE MADE OF HICKORY--USA / box made of purpleheart), and for his larger sculptures he occasionally made exhaustive notes about construction and installation.
Purpleheart or apitong wood are the way to go when replacing the decking.
Select from African Shedua, leopardwood, Jatoba, or Purpleheart. The aluminum fertile allows for takedown for airline travel.
The I-Beam riser is faced with purpleheart strips; limbs are powered by maple cores faced with caramel glass and backed with brown.
Thus we, like countless Crimean War poets, look outside of thesuffering soldiers to mythical figures: caretakers, leaders, purpleheart recipients, and other heroes imbued with divine qualities.
Some of the woods used are walnut, oak, cherry, maple, sassafras, mahogony, butternut, elm, cedar, padouk (African) and purpleheart (South American).
(porcupine tree or pau-rainha) or Peltogyne maranhensis Huber ex Ducke (purpleheart or pau-roxo).
Check out its impressive sculptures, made from purpleheart timber, copper and Welsh slate and be inspired by the memory wall.