padauk

padauk

[puh-douk]
noun

Origin:
1830–40

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padauk or padouk (pəˈdaʊk, -ˈdɔːk, pəˈdaʊk, -ˈdɔːk)
 
n
1.  any of various tropical African or Asian leguminous trees of the genus Pterocarpus that have reddish wood
2.  the wood of any of these trees, used in decorative cabinetwork
 
[from a native Burmese word]
 
padouk or padouk
 
n
 
[from a native Burmese word]

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padauk

any of several species of tropical trees of the genus Pterocarpus in the family Fabaceae. Padauks of the Indo-Malaysia region have a tendency to be larger than related species elsewhere. They are highly prized as shade trees and for their red or reddish brown wood. The blood-red sap is used commercially; a red dyewood, "Red Saunders," which is obtained from the padauk, was formerly exported in quantity from India.

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