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padauk

[puh-douk] /pəˈdaʊk/
noun
1.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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British Dictionary definitions for padauk

padauk

/pəˈdaʊk; -ˈdɔːk/
noun
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
See also amboyna
Word Origin
from a native Burmese word
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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