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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whitewood \White"wood`\, n. The soft and easily-worked wood of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). It is much used in cabinetwork, carriage building, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: Several other kinds of light-colored wood are called whitewood in various countries, as the wood of Bignonia leucoxylon in the West Indies, of Pittosporum bicolor in Tasmania, etc. [1913 Webster] Whitewood bark. See the Note under Canella. [1913 Webster]