a tree, Pericopsis elata (or Afrormosia elata ), of western Africa, having wood that resembles teak and is used in cabinetwork.
(1906), orig. the genus name, equivalent to Latin Āfr-,
stem of Āfer
(adj.) African + Neo-Latin Ormosia
a genus to which the plant was first attributed (irregular from Greek hórmos
necklace + Neo-Latin -ia -ia
; so called because the seeds of the plant were strung as necklaces)