poon

poon

[poon]
noun
1.
any of several East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum, that yield a light, hard wood used for masts, spars, etc.
2.
the wood of these trees.

Origin:
1690–1700; compare Tamil punnai, pinnai, Malayalam punna names for Calophyllum inophyllum

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poon1 (puːn)
 
n
1.  any of several trees of the SE Asian genus Calophyllum having lightweight hard wood and shiny leathery leaves: family Clusiaceae
2.  the wood of any of these trees, used to make masts and spars
 
[C17: from Singhalese pūna]

poon2 (puːn)
 
n
slang (Austral) a stupid or ineffectual person
 
[C20: from English dialect]

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